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Neural basis of perceptual expertise in sport

Functional neuroimaging studies in our laboratory have, over the last decade, identified neural correlates of perceptual expertise in sports including tennis, badminton, football and hockey. They have identified a consistent network of brain areas involved in tasks such as action prediction and the detection of deceptive moves. Sporting action is sufficiently structured to be amenable to experimental methods such as fMRI and EEG and is an ideal domain to explore fundamental and applied issues, such as the specificity versus generalisability of skills, the role of contextual information and selective attention, and the understanding of normal and deceptive actions and their consequences.  Possible projects include: fMRI, MRS or EEG studies of a) domain specificity versus generality of skills, b) the role of contextual information in sporting expertise, c) the understanding of normal and deceptive actions and their consequences, d) inhibitory processes in action observation brain network of athletes.

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  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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