Dr Gavin Lawrence

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, Additional Duties

Contact info

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Research

My Main interests of research centre on Motor Control and Learning.  The primary aspects of the Motor Control line of research is to better understand the mechanisms responsible for movement integration in multiple target directed aiming tasks.  The primary aspect of my Motor Learning line of research is to better understand expertise performance and ways to accelerate individuals towards expert performance.   

Within the Motor Control context I have, and continue to, research the effects of movement perturbation, pre-cueing, affect, size and target location, number of effectors involved, limb asymmetries, and movement direction on the nature of multiple segment integration, together with investigating mediating factors (such as the role that vision plays) within these integration processes. 

Within Motor Learning, my interests reside in ascertaining how practice influences and interacts with the above together with furthering our understanding of effective skill acquisition techniques and paradigms. For example; what are the discriminating factors between those who obtain and those who don’t obtain expertise and super elite status; influence virtual reality use and transfer to real life; focus of attention during novice and expert performance; the stress-performance relationship and how anxiety related choking can be prevented together with how the training environment can be structured to optimally achieve this; the use of novel visual occlusion or visual training aids in enhancing skill development; and optimal ways to structure practice to accelerate learning.

Within both of my research domains, I also work with special populations in order to further our understanding of the motor control and learning challenges faced by individuals with Down syndrome.  

Contact Info

Email: g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248388283

Grant Awards and Projects

Oct 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L

UK Sport

This is a PhD studentship award that forms three-quarters of a larger research project titled:

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£235,000.00

Aug 2017

Lawrence G.P., (PI) & Hardy, L.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

Investigation of the development pathways of England’s elite Spin Bowlers

£5149.00

Apr 2017

Hardy, L & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI)

ESRC (DTP) – UK Sport

A prospective study of the developmental biographies of Great British Pathway athletes.

 

£32,215.00

Apr 2016

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Gottwald, V.M.

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II); Welsh Weightlifting

PhD research programme designed to investigate the Talent Identification of Weightlifting.

£48,537.00

 

Sep 2015

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Oliver, S.O.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship II (KESS II): Surf Snowdonia

MRes research programme designed to investigate effective skill acquisition interventions within inland surfing facilities.

£15,233.00

 

Apr 2014

Lawrence, G.P (PI), & Roberts, R.

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): SurfLines

4 separate research project ATMs to Investigate the effects of contextual interference in the learning of outdoor activity skills

£63,325.00

 

Mar 2014

Hardy, L., & Lawrence, G.P. (C-PI)

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

 

4 year PhD research programme designed to investigate the practice and training histories of elite and super elite cricketers

£79,199.00

 

Jun 2013

Lawrence, G.P. (PI)

 

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

3 separate ATMs to investigate the effects of contextual interference in the Down syndrome population

£47,120.00

 

Jun 2012

Lawrence, G.P. (C-PI) & Hardy, J.T.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

4 separate research project ATMs investigate the effects of varying foci of attention in the acquisition and learning of motor skill in the Down syndrome population.

£63,325.00

Nov 2011

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Hayes, A.

European Social Fund; Access to Masters (ATM): MENCAP

to investigate the barriers to sports club participation for individuals with learning disabilities; 2) to investigate the effects of performance pressure on the motor control of individuals with Down syndrome.

£21,782.00

 

Apr 2011

Laing, S.L., & Lawrence, G.P (C-PI).

 

‘Polar’ Electro Oy Professorintie, 5, 90440 Kempele, Finland

 

Research program focused on whether psychomotor speed tracks increases in training stress similarly to orthostatic heart rate profiles, R-R interval heart rate variability and blood parameters

£21,733.00

 

Nov 2010

John, N., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), & S. Watt

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: Rugby Innovations

PhD: An Advanced Virtual Environment for Rugby Skills Training

 

£59,469.00

 

Nov 2009

Lawrence, G.P. (PI), & Khan, M.A.

 

European Social Fund; Knowledge Economy Skill Scholarship: MENCAP

PhD: Enhancing the motor skills of individuals with a learning disability; increasing functional independence. 

£58,963.00

 

Other

Invited presentations/workshops:

1. Sport Wales Skill Acquisition workshop to Perfromance Directors and Practitioners. Welsh Institute of Sport, June 2017

2. Sport Wales Anxiety and Perfromance workshop to coaches. Welsh Institue of Sports, June

3. Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). A series of four separte Skill Acquisition workshops on instruction, practice structure, pressured perfromance, and feedback delivery. Presented to Elite coaching staff at the National Centre of Excellence, October through December 2016. 

4. Training with anxiety; the story so far.  Midcareer Researcher lecture delivered at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). Sheffield institute of Sport (EIS) April, 2015.

5. Welsh Yachting Associations annual Big Weekend for elite and squad coaches. ‘Effective coaching; the role of practice structure in obtaining expertise.’ Plas Menai Centre of Excellence for Sailing (February 2014).

6. Discussion panelist at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network.  ‘Skill Acquisition interventions’ – Biz Price (GB performance director for synchronised swimming). English Institute of Sport (High Performance Centre) Bisham Abbey. April 2013. 

7. Health and Well Being public lecture series part funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (hefcw) and The National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare. Title: ‘Performance pressure is like chocolate: some people can devour as much as they want without any negatives whilst others suffer at the mere mention of the word!’.  Venue Cymru, Llandudno, November 2012.

8. International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS).  Pre Olympic symposium ‘Elite performance: Anticipation skill in Olympic sports: advances in theory and practice’.  Glasgow, July 2012

9. Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). ‘The positive effects of practicing with anxiety.’  Loughborough, April 2011.

10. Ninewells Hospital and Medical Centre, Dundee. Workshop delivered to health professionals focusing on applying Motor Control and Learning research within the rehabilitation and medical settings. November 2008.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2005 - PhD , The planning and execution of target directed movement (psycho-motor control) , Bangor University (2001 - 2004)
  • 2000 - BSc , Sports Science 1st Class , Bangor University (1997 - 2000)
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