Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Andrew Wilson
About Dr Andrew Wilson
Dr Wilson is an internationally recognised expert in perception, action and embodied cognition.
Dr Wilson gained his PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005. His research interests are broadly in the area of perception and action, with a particular interest in learning and theories of embodied cognition.
His current research interests include:
- Using coordinated rhythmic movement as a model system to study learning and social coordination
- Throwing for distance and accuracy
- The use of movement analysis (kinematics) to enhance clinical practice and rehabilitation
- Theories of embodied cognition
- Foundation Research Methods
- Advance Research Methods
- Mind, Brain & Behaviour
- The Embodied Mind (MSc)
Perception and Action
Skilled movement requires us to perceive the affordances of the environment. These are the opportunities for action that the environment provides (e.g. the 'graspability' of a handle); identifying these and the information for them is a critical part of understanding why we move the way we do. Dr Wilson's work currently focuses on two tasks (coordinated rhythmic movement and throwing for distance and accuracy) to investigate these questions. He uses movement analysis and psychophysical techniques combined with computer simulations and dynamical systems modelling to solve these problems.
There is a large body of evidence that cognition is profoundly shaped by the way we perceive and act in the world. Using his empirical research in perception and action as a starting point, Dr Wilson (with colleagues in the UK, US and Canada) is developing theories and methods for an embodied approach to cognition that can be applied to a wide variety of topics (including movement but also language and animal cognition).