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LEAP-Lab Team

About us

We are a team of internationally-recognised researchers with the aim to understand and improve the performance and learning of complex, dynamic skills across a range of domains from expert performance in sport to everyday activities such as driving and walking. 

Our research team has three main objectives:

  1. Examine the skills that underpin performance including perceptual-cognitive skills (anticipation and decision making) and motor skills, and the relationship between perception and action.
  2. Investigate the moderating factors of these skills such as anxiety, pressure, physiological load, age and personality traits.
  3. Explore how we can enhance the learning of these skills such that they transfer effectively to the real-world environment.

 

Full members

Dr Daniel Bishop Dr Daniel Bishop
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
I am a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology here at Brunel, a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist registered to practise with the HCPC, an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the HEA). I am also the Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. I have worked in both public and private sectors, including local authorities, the NHS, investment banks, the health & fitness industry and Further Education. These experiences have given me a sophisticated understanding of the challenges faced in this diverse range of industries, which is why I continue to add value to the performance of various individuals and organisations - using established psychological principles to do so. In my role as Departmental Lead for Staff Experience & Wellbeing, my vision is for Brunel to deservedly attain national recognition (e.g., the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Awards) for its long-term prioritisation of staff wellbeing and health. When I’m not working, I love to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends; and I am writing a book in the little I have left each week! I have also spent the past few years rebuilding my left knee from the inside out, with a careful self-determined rehabilitation programme. For those who are interested: at the time of typing, I can now tolerate regular running at a pretty good pace. I have realised that tight quadriceps and patellar tendons were compounding my cartilage problems, so have taken to regular self-massage using commercially available percussive and vibrating massagers - a game-changer. Static and eccentric patellar tendon loading has also helped, as has reverse cross-trainer exercise for as little as 12 mins, alternating 1 min reverse and 1 min forward. I have also found that running in crocs (with heel straps!) instead of (over-engineered) running shoes increases my knee stability. I am interested in optimising people’s ability to function effectively in a variety of contexts including education, work, cycling, driving and sport. The same rigorous scientific principles can be applied across all these domains and more. I hold a City and Guilds 7407 Certificate (Stage 1) in Further Education. I was the first member of academic staff to complete the Professional Development in Academic Practice here at Brunel; I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have conducted research to examine the quality of visually impaired students’ experience at the University, attracting HEFCE-allocated funding (£19.3K) in doing so. Accordingly, I completed a project funded by the Brunel Educational Excellence Centre, which illustrates the benefit of visual guidance for learning from short vodcasts; this complements my ongoing research (see Research) and is the epitome of research-led teaching that we continually strive to deliver at Brunel. I lead the Individual Differences in Sport and Exercise module, which is compulsory for students on our flagship Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc programme, and a popular option for those on our Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences MSc. I also contribute to delivery of these masters modules: SP5530: Dissertation SP5535: Social Processes in Sport and Exercise SP5601: Physical Activity and Health PY5619: Cognitive Rehabilitation and Neuroplasticity I lead the undergraduate module SP2606: The Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity: Theory and Application and deliver on these undergraduate modules: SP1600: Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise SP2555: Placement Module SP3706: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology SP3603: Individual Project
Dr Adam Cocks Dr Adam Cocks
Lecturer in Sport Health and Exercise Sciences
Adam is a Lecturer in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Psychology). Following the completion of his BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees at the University of Central Lancashire, Adam joined Brunel University London as a PhD student on the Isambard Scholarship Scheme in October 2012. His PhD research focussed on applying theories relating to anxiety and performance to novel dynamic domains. This included investigating how anxiety influences anticipation judgements during sport as well as fall-risk-related behaviours in older adults. After being awarded his PhD, and completing a short term Research Assistant post in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Brunel, he began his current role in November 2017. SP1706 - Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis SP2603 - Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse SP3606 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology SP3607 - The Psychology of Physical Activity for Health

A selection of our past and present PhD projects

Title of thesis

Student name 

Supervision 

 

Anticipating others’ intensions: The role of probabilistic information in soccer

 

Viktor Gredin

Primary Supervisor: Dr Daniel Bishop
Secondary Supervisor: Dr David Broadbent
External collaborators: Prof. Mark Williams (University of Utah)

Decision Making in Gaelic Football: From Testing to Training

Emma McLoughlin

Primary Supervisor: Dr David Broadbent
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Dan Bishop
External Collaborators: Dr Noel Kinrade (Nottingham Trent University) Dr Ed Coughlan (Cork Institute of Technology)

The effects of sonification on motor imagery ability

Fabio Castro

Primary Supervisor: Dr Dan Bishop
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Alex Nowicky

Contextual and dispositional influences on netball umpires’ decision making

Adele Burnett

Primary Supervisor: Dr Dan Bishop 
External Collaborators: Dr Noel Kinrade (Nottingham Trent University)

The relationship between gaze and information pickup during action observation

Giorgia D’Innocenzo

Primary Supervisor: Dr Dan Bishop 
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Alex Nowicky

Contact us

We welcome enquiries and requests for collaborations. Please get in touch with our team using the links in each profile above.

Our address

Brunel University London
Kingston Lane
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH

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