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Dr Shelley Duncan

Dr Shelley Duncan PhD

Research Fellow

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences


Shelley is a research fellow (PhD) within the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences 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, which involved the evaluation of the influence of acute bouts of exercise (aerobic and resistance) on cognitive function, including both behavioural (task completion time) and electro-cortical 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 across the lifespan, and the assessment of the influence of exercise interventions upon cognitive function.

Further information

Research interests

  • Using technology to develop representative research paradigms that are more closely aligned with every day function and behaviour eg, whole body movement and behaviour.
  • Understanding the relationship between what we see in behavioural changes associated with aging, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, and the influence of exercise on electro-cortical activity within the brain.

Research outputs

  • Poster Presentation - Duncan, S., Panchuk, D., & Polman, R.C.J. (2018). Comparison of the effect of acute aerobic and resistance exercise on electro-cortical activity during locomotive single- and dual-task performance. Research, Innovation and Enterprise Research Conference May 2018.
  • Poster Presentation - Duncan, S., Godfrey, P., Dunn, C., & Braganca, S. (2018). Opportunistic Health Checks in the Workplace. Research, Innovation and Enterprise Research Conference May 2018.
  • Practical Demonstration – Duncan, S., & Gosling, A. (2017). An introduction to the use of electroencephalography (EEG), the equipment in action. Research and Innovation Conference, Southampton Solent University May 2017.
  • OralPresentation - Duncan, S., Schneider, S., Panchuk, D., & Polman, R.C.J. (2015). The moderating effect of acute bouts of exercise and physical fitness on brain activity during locomotion. 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Malmo, June 2015.
  • Poster Presentation - Duncan, S., Panchuk, D., & Polman, R.C.J. (2014). Brain mechanisms associated with single and dual-tasks during locomotion. 12th International Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience, July 2014, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Poster Presentation - S.J. Duncan, B. Thompson, J. M. Black, G. Kuhn, N. Gant (2012). The influence of fuel status and fatigue on visual performance. Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand, Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Recent publications

  • Shelley Duncan, Luca Oppici, Cecylia Borg, Damian Farrow, Remco Polman, & Fabio R. Serpiello. (2017). Expertise-related differences in the performance of simple and complex tasks: An event-related potential evaluation of futsal players Science and Medicine in Football. doi:10.1080/24733938.2017.139840
  • Charlotte J. W. Connell1, Benjamin Thompson, Gustav Kuhn, Michael P. Claffey, Shelley Duncan and Nicholas Gant.: “Fatigue related impairments in oculomotor control are prevented by caffeine” 25 May 2016. Impact Factor 2015 - 5.228

Projects and awards

  • Research project investigating “the influence of locomotive goal-directed behaviour on patterns of brain activity in older adults”
    • Funded by Southampton RIKE Award - £ 4,991.94.00
  • Research project investigating “the effectiveness of opportunistic health checks within the workplace”
    • Funded by Southampton Solent University Research Challenge - £1600.00
  • Bournemouth University Research Challenge - £500.00

Work in progress

  • 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.