Spencer Hayes PhD
Principal Lecturer of Sensorimotor Learning
I am interested in understanding how the sensory and motor processes underpin motor learning by observing. My research on action-observation, observational practice and imitation learning examine how the behavioural mechanisms control the acquisition of sequence movements; interlimb and intralimb transfer of sequence knowledge; the coding of biological and nonbiological motion; the influence of target goals during imitation; and how social primes [eye gaze] regulate the imitation of biological motion. I am also just beginning to work with people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) in an attempt to examine the behavioural and social processes underpinning imitation learning. This work is carried out in the Sensorimotor Neuroscience Laboratory and the Motor Behaviour Laboratory.
- Professor Simon Bennett (LJMU)
- Professor Digby Elliott (LJMU and McMaster University)
- Dr Emma Gowen (The University of Manchester)
- The iMAP Centre (individuals making autism positive)
I am the programme manager for the B.Sc. (Hons.) Applied Sport Psychology Programme [ASP]. I also lead the psychological foundations; psychological principles and motor behaviour undergraduate modules.