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I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology and my main interests lay in the effect of brain based and/or psychological interventions on sport performance. I am also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach on a number of performance related modules including Performance Physiology and Sport Nutrition.
I am a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychophysiology here at Bangor University and I’m particularly interested in the way that we can modify endurance performance and/or post-exercise recovery by targeting the brain.
I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a first class honours degree in Sport Science in 2005 and then went on to obtain a Masters with Distinction from Bangor University in 2007. Between 2008 and 2009 I worked as an intern in applied sports before coming back to Bangor to complete a PhD in the Psychophysiology of Endurance Performance. I then worked for one year as a post-doctoral researcher before being appointed full-time by Bangor in 2015.
In my time at Bangor I have sat on the research steering committee for the Welsh Institute for Performance Science (WIPS) and I have worked with local organisations such as Ynys Mon Island Games Association.
My teaching interests mainly revolve around the effect of athletic performance. In line with this I teach on a number of performance related modules that include:
JXH-2027: Sport Nutrition
JXH-3037: Applied Sport Science of Elite Performance
JXH-4007: Performance Physiology
I also tend to supervise project students on these themes with a more specific project focus on topics such as carbohydrate mouth rinsing, the manipulation of time perception, ways to manipulate self-control, and ways to modify perception of effort.
My research revolves mainly around endurance performance, and particularly post-exercise recovery. Primarily I'm interested in the way that psychological, and/or brain based approaches are associated with endurance performance and/or post-exercise recovery.
Specific examples of some of the things that I am interested in include:
The use of self-talk
The effect of mental fatigue or challenges to self-control
The impact of the subconscious on exercise performance
The role of Personality on endurance performance
The manipulation of time perception and the use of virtual reality in sport environments
I currently supervise two PhD researchers and I am always interested in Supervising PhD Opportunities in the following topics:
The effect of the brain/psychology on perception of effort
The effect of the brain/psychology on post-exercise recovery
The impact of virtual reality on endurance performance
Monitoring and performance in team/individual sports