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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.

Further information

  1. Research interests

    Follow the link below to find out more about Shelley's research interests.
    1. Using technology to develop research paradigms that are more closely aligned with every day cognitive and physical function, eg, human spatial navigation incorporating whole body movement and behaviour.
    2. Understanding the relationship between electrophysiological activity and what we see in behavioural changes associated with aging and exercise.
  2. Work in progress

    Shelley is working on a number of projects. Follow the link below to find out more.
    • Collaborative project with Stuttgart University (Germany), creating a locomotive paradigm to evaluate electrophysiological activity during tasks of increasing difficulty, in healthy and neurologically impaired older adults.
    • Ongoing dissemination of previous research that has investigated the influence of acute bouts of exercise on electrophysiological activity during locomotive tasks of increasing difficulty.
    • Collaborative project with Bournemouth University.
    • Ongoing collaboration and research dissemination of completed research projects with Bournemouth.
  3. Recent publications

    Click below to find out more about Shelley's recent publications.

    Charlotte J. W. Connell1, Benjamin Thompson2, Gustav Kuhn3, Michael P. Claffey4, Shelley Duncan and Nicholas Gant: “Fatigue related impairments in oculomotor control are prevented by caffeine” 25 May 2016. Impact Factor 2015 - 5.228