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Mind-Body Connections logoMind-body connections is a dynamic and complex topic of interest that requires a multidisciplinary approach. Our Research Group exists to explore these connections. We often take the approach of evaluating varying aspects of human function in isolation, such as how muscles work and the underpinnings of cognition, but, how do these aspects of function relate and how do they affect what we see in behaviour. We have expertise in the areas of:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Sport psychology
  • Health and exercise psychology
  • Nursing
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychophysiology
  • Biomechanics

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Shelley Duncan

Dr Shelley Duncan is a research fellow specialising in cognitive and behavioural neuroscience. She is interested in employing a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of the relationships between cognitive and physical function, specifically in the evaluation of the impact and dynamics of aging and influence of neurological diseases. Specifically using a range of technological tools such as mobile brain imaging, ambulatory ECG and motion capture systems.

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Dr Emma Mosley, Lecturer

Dr Emma Mosley is a lecturer in sport psychology specialising in heart rate variability (HRV) and its role in self-regulation. Her PhD research explored coping related variables and HRV in performance under pressure. Emma’s current research interests include breathing interventions, HRV in sport settings and HRV and executive function.

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James Wright, Senior Lecturer

Dr James Wright is a senior lecturer in sport science and performance. In 2019, James completed his PhD, which investigated the reliability and validity of a novel all-out cycling testing protocol to estimate critical power. James is currently interested in the reliability and validity of sports science testing equipment, critical power in cycling, the power-duration relationship, cycling performance and training science.

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Tom Gray, lecturer in sport and exercise therapy

Tom Gray is a lecturer in sports and exercise therapy, as well as a physiotherapist. He is interested in integrating clinical experience into a multifaceted research approach to investigate the link between athletic performance, injury, and rehabilitation pertaining to long-distance runners. Through this research, we will be investigating the link between valid ecological constraints of the upper limbs whilst running and the effect on gait biomechanics, injury risk factors, running efficiency and cortical processing.

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Darren Britton

Dr Darren Britton is a lecturer in sport psychology. His PhD research focussed on the role of stress reactivity in adolescent athletes performance, well-being, and development. He is currently involved in various projects focussing on the role of stress, emotions, and coping in applied sport performance settings.

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Dr Mohsen Seifi, Lecturer

Dr Mohsen Seifi is a neuroscientist with a PhD in neuropharmacology. His research is primarily focused on the investigation of specific neuronal pathways which lead to the development of various brain and peripheral diseases, with a view to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of such disorders. He has a particular interest in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, gastrointestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, and how emotional stress impacts our health and wellbeing.

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We launch our series of workshops in January 2020 and will be following up with a second series later in the 2020/21 academic year. To view the upcoming workshops, please check out our Eventbrite page.

Get in touch

If you're interested in joining the group, please get in touch with Shelley Duncan for more information.

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