PEP Lab Awards

Doctoral students Jence Rhoads and Mariane Bacelar win AU ‘This is Research’ First-Place Graduate Level College of Education Oral Presentation

Jence and Mariane This is Research award winnersMariane Bacelar and Jence Rhoads presented at the Auburn University ‘This is Research’ Student Symposium in April 2018 and won first place oral presentation in the College of Education graduate level category. On behalf of the PEP Lab, they presented their research project which involved subjects learning how to operate a manual wheelchair and investigated whether having the expectation of teaching another person the skills influenced the participants’ performance of the skill. Importantly, this study was the first to use Electroencephalography (EEG) to capture brain activity while operating a wheelchair. It was funded via an Auburn University Intramural Grants Program award.

Doctoral Candidate Marcos Daou Wins Prestigious Award!

Marcos DaouPEP Lab Doctoral Candidate Marcos Daou won the Outstanding Student Paper Award in Motor Learning and Control for the 2017 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity’s (NASPSPA) Annual Meeting. The Outstanding Student Paper Award in Motor Learning and Control is only given in years when a particularly worthy student conference paper is submitted, and Marcos’ paper met that criterion. His paper is titled “Expecting to teach enhances motor learning and information processing during practice”. This paper describes a series of three experiments in which Marcos became the first person to provide evidence that practicing a motor skill with the expectation of teaching it enhances (a) information processing while practicing the skill, and (2) learning of the skill.


Doctoral candidate Ford Dyke Wins Third Place at This is Research: Student Symposium!

Ford Dyke with research poster PEP Lab Doctoral Candidate Ford Dyke won 3rd place in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics poster presentation category for his project titled, “Effects of ‘green’ stimuli on neurocognitive function: An ERP study.” Ford’s study explored Attention Restoration Theory (ART) as a way to facilitate recovery from directed attention fatigue (DAF) experienced by people who need to concentrate for long periods of time. One way to give directed attention a rest it is use involuntary attention. Previous research suggests viewing images of natural environments (i.e. ‘green’ stimuli) captures involuntary attention. Ford and his colleagues in the lab quantified directed attention restoration at the neuronal level using electroencephalography (EEG) while participants viewed wither ‘Green’ or ‘Urban’ images. They found no significant differences in the magnitude of neural resources allocated to each task, meaning their research did not support the ART-based intervention hypothesis.