About Daniel Leach
Graduate teaching assistant and PhD student in Psychology.
Daniel's route into psychology was far from typical. He started his higher education in the arts; learning to write, record and produce music. He then moved onto Events Management at the same institution. After working abroad for a few years he came to the conclusion that he needed to be working in a progressive and intellectually challenging area. He completed his MSc in Psychology at Leeds Beckett. A large component of this course was a Master's research project, which he completed under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Wilson. This project gave him direct experience in experimental psychology and the transfer of learning paradigm.
Daniel believes that a non-linear route to psychology can often grant an individual unique perspective and skills. In his case he has good management skills and a solid grounding in audio production. These types of skills can be useful in scientific investigation.
As a PhD student he studies the neural and behavioural dynamics of learning a novel movement (coordinated rhythmic movement).
- Mind, Brain and Behaviour
- Advanced Research Methods
- Intermediate Research Methods
Daniel studies the neural and behavioural dynamics of learning a novel movement (coordinated rhythmic movement; Kelso, 1981). This is prompted by an important finding from the field: a drastic reduction in the ability to learn a novel movement (50s cliff; Coates et al, 2014). To investigate this he will use a series of well-understood behavioural experiments to establish a solid foundation for comparison. Then he will use transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in conjunction with the previous paradigm in both young and old (50+) adults to investigate the effectiveness of tDCS and to see if it can reduce the size of the 50s cliff.