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.
The MINDED Project: https://minded-cofund.eu
MINDED has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754490.