New CIA Lab Paper; Cross et al, ‘Imagined Steps: Mental Simulation of Coordinated Rhythmic Movements Effects on Pro-Sociality’

CIA Lab alum Dr Liam Cross has just had his second paper published from his PhD;

Cross, L., Atherton, G., Wilson, A. D., & Golonka, S. (2017). Imagined Steps: Mental Simulation of Coordinated Rhythmic Movements Effects on Pro-Sociality. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1798. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01798

This is part of Liam’s work on the mechanisms connecting coordinated rhythmic movement to pro-social behaviour in which we also did a large scale replication to check a weird result (that the replication killed!)

Full text available shortly at the above link, we’re just finishing author proofs. Congratulations Liam!


Data collection for new throwing experiment


10 participants, 30 hours over 4 days, 90Gb of data – DONE

Andrew has been holed up in the Biomechanics Lab in the Carnegie School of Sport all week with the team collecting data for a new throwing experiment. We are replicating part of Wilson et al (2016); throwers are throwing tennis balls to hit a target at 5m, 10m and 15m. This time, we are collecting enough data (20 hits per distance) to perform uncontrolled manifold analysis (UCM) on the full body motion capture data, turning our attention from the outcome of the throw to the production of the throw.

We are taking advantage of the fully synchronised, integrated set of data collection methods in the Biomechanics Lab and throwing the kitchen sink at this project. We are recording

  • full body kinematics from 70 markers at 250Hz
  • muscle activity from 16 muscles along the throwing arm and torso using wireless EMG markers
  • postural data from two force plates as people take their step to throw
  • high speed (250Hz) video of the throw
  • high speed (250Hz) video of the impact

Data analysis will happen over the summer with the paper planned for the end of 2017. Stay tuned!


Cross et al, 2016, How Moving Together Brings Us Together

Our recently graduated PhD student Liam Cross has just published his first paper from his PhD in a Research Topic, Dynamics of Joint-Action, Social Coordination and Multi-Agent Activity. Thanks to Mike Richardson for the invite to submit and our reviewers for their fair and useful feedback!

And congratulations Liam! One down, three to go 🙂

Cross, L., Wilson, A.D., & Golonka, S. (2016). How Moving Together Brings Us Together: When Coordinated Rhythmic Movement Affects Cooperation. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1983. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01983. Download (Open Access)

Liam submitted his PhD and takes a job!

Our first PhD student, Liam Cross, has just submitted his thesis after a blur of hard work over the last few months. His dissertation is entitled ‘Moving In Time Together:  How coordinated rhythmic movement affects our social behaviours and cognitions’. Liam has been using Andrew’s coordinated rhythmic movement task to investigate the mechanisms causing coordination to affect social cognition.

Liam defends his thesis in the new year; he has moved away to take a maternity cover post in Lancaster. Papers from the thesis should start rolling out once he’s done defending!

Virtual Reality Research Cluster bid funded!

Leeds Beckett has just confirmed it has selected Andrew’s project, ‘Using Virtual Reality to Study Human Behaviour’ as one of several new Research Cluster awards. These Clusters fund a year of activity designed to create new interdisciplinary research activity in the University.

Andrew’s proposal connects our lab with Dr Bal Singh and Dr Patrick Ingham in the School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering as well as the Pain Lab run by Professor Mark Johnson. The award will fund equipment (2 new motion tracking cameras, Oculus Rift headsets, powerful laptops for handling the VR environments and all the necessary software) and an RA to develop a proof-of-concept virtual environment to investigate pain perception.

The Cluster will also host a networking event in the summer of 2016, where we will showcase what we can do with the technology to all interested parties. If you are a behavioural sciences researcher who would like to use VR to further your work but don’t have access to the necessary expertise, we would like to work with you to develop a collaboration and funding applications to support that work. Please contact Andrew if you are interested and stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter feeds for more information.