Staff Profile of Dr. Gavin Lawrence

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Name
Dr. Gavin Lawrence
Position
Senior Lecturer, Motor Control and Learning
Email
g.p.lawrence@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
(01248) 38 8283
Location
George Building, Normal Site

Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance

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Background:

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.  

Professional Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Sports Science, UWB.

PhD Psychomotor Control, UWB.

Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Modules:

  • JXC/JXH1001 Research Skills
  • JXH3050 Skill Acquisition
  • JXH4022 Effective Coaching Practices

 

All Supervision modules at Undergraduate and Masters Levels

Research Interests:

Expert performance and ways to accelerate individuals towards expertise, the mechanisms responsible for movement integration in multiple target directed aiming tasks, and stress and performance. 

Publications:

Please visit the publications page of Dr Gavin Lawrence to view recent publications

Editorships and Editorial Board Membership: 

 

Editorial Board member of Journal of Sports Science (ISSN 2332-7839).

Key note and Invited addresses:

  • Invited 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.
  • Invited presenter at the 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).
  • Invited 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. 
  • Invited presenter at the 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.
  • Invited presenter at the 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
  • Invited presenter at the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). ‘The positive effects of practicing with anxiety.’  Loughborough, April 2011.
  • Invited presenter at 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.
  • Invited Data presentation at the first annual Western Association of Neuromechanical Kinesiology meeting, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.  June 2004.

Esteem indicators:

Peer review service

Guest reviewer for:

  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Human Movement Science
  • Journal of Applied Sports Psychology
  • Journal of Motor Behaviour
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

Funding:

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

1 of 4 separate research project ATMs.  Investigated 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

1 of 3 3 separate ATMs. Investigated the effects of contextual interference in the Down syndrome population

£47,120.00

 

Jun 2012

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

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

1 of 4 separate research project ATMs. Investigated 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

 

Aug 2011

Smeeton, N., Ford, P., Lawrence, G.P. (CI), Jackson, R., & Williams, M.A.

BASES and ICSEMIS

 

Successful pre-Olympic symposium. Anticipation in Sport

 

£1,500.00

 

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

 

PhD Students/Supervision:

Five PhD students successfully completed (2009- 2014)

Five current PhD students under supervision and areas of current research programmes include;

  • Talent identification
  • Expertise attainment and 'super elite' discriminators
  • Stress and perfromance
  • Optimal focus of attention and psychophysiological measures
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Membership of professional organisations:

Member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA).
Member of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology  (SCAPPS).

Hobbies and interests:

Tae kwon-do
Rugby (watching more than playing these days….)
Fell Running
Outdoor activities
Playing the Guitar and Drums (not together….although I have been known to try on the odd alcohol fuelled occasion).