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James William Ashmore Strachan

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Dr. James Strachan completed his BSc in Psychology and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York. He then went on to do his PhD with Prof. Steve Tipper looking at how incidental learning of gaze behaviour affects social judgements of trust. Since then, he has worked as a postdoc in the Social Mind and Body lab at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, working with Profs. Natalie Sebanz and Guenther Knoblich to study coordination and joint action. He joined the MINDED programme in July 2020 as part of the cognitive neuroscience robotics strand where the aim is to develop and establish new diagnostic and therapeutic sensorimotor approaches for developmental disorders. Dr. Strachan's work on this strand focusses on sensorimotor communication strategies in interactive teaching. That is, when a novice student is learning a motor skill from an expert teacher, how does the teacher adapt their behaviour in order to facilitate the student's learning, and how does the learner interpret and develop their own motor skill during and as a result of this interaction? His research aims to identify and characterise these communicative and coordinative mechanisms by analysing the movement kinematics of motor skill transmission between teachers and students within dynamic learning interactions.
All Publications
Strachan J.W.A., Curioni A., Constable M.D., Knoblich G., Charbonneau M.
Evaluating the relative contributions of copying and reconstruction processes in cultural transmission episodes
PLoS ONE, vol. 16, (no. 9)
Strachan J.W.A., Torok G.
Efficiency is prioritised over fairness when distributing joint actions
Acta Psychologica, vol. 210
Article Journal
Strachan J.W.A., Guttesen A.AV., Smith A.K., Gaskell M.G., Tipper S.P., Cairney S.A.
Investigating the formation and consolidation of incidentally learned trust
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, vol. 46, (no. 4), pp. 684-698
Strachan J.W.A., Constable M.D., Knoblich G.
It goes with the territory: Ownership across spatial boundaries
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 46, (no. 8), pp. 789-797
Article Journal
Strachan J., Knoblich G., Sebanz N.
Skill and expertise in joint action
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Skill and Expertise, pp. 365-377, Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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