Research at Leeds Beckett
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
- Foundational Research Methods
- Academic Adviser
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. To further investigate this phenomenon, Daniel is using high fidelity eye tracking. With this information it is possible to further probe the highly individualist nature of learning in both young and old adults.