Dr Andrew Cooke

Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science

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Location: Room G302.1, George Building, School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences

Email: a.m.cooke@bangor.ac.uk

Bio: I am a lecturer conducting research in Psychophysiology, Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that underpin human performance, and psychophysiological interventions to enhance performance (e.g., brain training). I work with a number of high-profile organisations in sport, business and health. I am a member of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) and lead the Psychophysiology of Performance Laboratory (POP-Lab).

IPEP webpage: http://ipep.bangor.ac.uk/

POP-Lab webpage: https://sites.google.com/view/pop-lab/home

Overview

Andy is a member of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance at Bangor University. He has a BSc in Sport Science (Bangor University, 2004-2007) and a PhD in Psychophysiology (University of Birmingham, 2007-2010). Andy worked as an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2010-2012), before returning to Bangor University as a Lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (2013-Present). His research employs a multi-measure approach (e.g., brain, eyes, heart and muscles) to investigate: a) the psychophysiological mechanisms underpinning human performance; and b) psychophysiological interventions to enhance performance (e.g., neurofeedback training). It covers a range of performance domains including sport (e.g., preparatory cortical activity distinguishes successful from unsuccessful golf putts), health (e.g., effects of neurofeedback on the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease), and transportation (e.g., effects of gaze-training on driving), and has been supported by a variety of funders (e.g., ESRC, NHS, AXA insurance, England and Wales Cricket Board). 

Grant Awards and Projects

01/2019: Economic & Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Fund (£9,984). The psychology of hazard perception. Role = Principal Investigator.

02/2017: England and Wales Cricket Board (£40,000). Profiling and enhancing performance under pressure in elite cricketers. Role = Co-Investigator

01/2017: AXA (€130,000). How to reduce the risk of accidents in driving: The effect of gaze-contingent perceptual training on driving safety. Role = Academic Mentor  

10/2015: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (£57,060). EEG Neurofeedback to improve motor function in Parkinson’s. Role = Principal Investigator

10/2014: European Social Fund (£6,480). All in the head: Neural underpinnings of Plane-Easy learning in golf. Role = Co-Principal Investigator  

09/2014: NEURODEM Cymru (£5,964). Neurofeedback in Parkinson’s disease. Role = Co-Investigator

07/2014: English Institute of Sport (£58,700). Psychophysiological profiling of elite coaches. Role = Co-Investigator

04/2013: National Institute for Social Care & Health Research (£22,637). Research equipment award. Role = Co-Principal Investigator

11/2011: Economic & Social Research Council (£79,301). The social and cognitive neuroscience of performance under pressure. Role = Named Researcher

10/2010: Economic & Social Research Council (£82,154). The winner takes it all versus all for one and one for all: The social neuroscience of individual and intergroup competition. Role = Principal Investigator

Research

My primary research interests are in:

a) the psychophysiological mechanisms underpinning human performance.

b) psychophysiological interventions to enhance performance (e.g., neurofeedback training).

I apply these interests to a range of performance domains including sport, health/rehabilitation, business and transportation.

Personal

Outside of work, Andy enjoys watching and participating in sport, where he tries to employ the performance-optimization techniques that he researches.

Contact Info

Location: Room G302.1, George Building, School of Sport Health & Exercise Sciences

Email: a.m.cooke@bangor.ac.uk

Bio: I am a lecturer conducting research in Psychophysiology, Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that underpin human performance, and psychophysiological interventions to enhance performance (e.g., brain training). I work with a number of high-profile organisations in sport, business and health. I am a member of the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) and lead the Psychophysiology of Performance Laboratory (POP-Lab).

IPEP webpage: http://ipep.bangor.ac.uk/

POP-Lab webpage: https://sites.google.com/view/pop-lab/home

Education / academic qualifications

  • PGCert (Distinction) - Higher Education , Bangor University
  • PhD - Psychophysiology
  • BSc (Hons) First Class - Sport Science

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