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Shelley Duncan

Dr Shelley Duncan PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6974 ext. 6974 Room no. RM224


Shelley Duncan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PhD) within the sport, health and wellbeing research and innovation hub. Her area of expertise is within the field of cognitive neuroscience, specifically in the use of electroencephalography to evaluate the relationship between electrical activity of the brain and behaviour. Shelley’s PhD was completed at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. It involved the evaluation of the influence of acute bouts of exercise (aerobic and resistance) on cognitive function, including both behavioural (task completion time) and electrophysiological (EEG) patterns of activity during the performance of a locomotive dual-task paradigm.

Shelley’s background also includes completion of a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, Postgraduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation, and an MSc (first class honours) which evaluated the influence of glycogen depletion and fatigue on visual performance at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Shelley’s key areas of interest are the development of research paradigms that will enable the evaluation of cognitive function in a more real world context, specifically within the area of human spatial navigation, and the assessment of the influence of exercise interventions upon cognitive function.