Director: Matt Miller, Ph.D.
Research Focus: Uncover the bases of motor learning and performance to enhance learning and performance.
When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, running/hiking/enjoying the great outdoors, watching sports, and reading for pleasure.
Jence Rhoads, Doctoral Candidate
When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy: playing basketball, which I played at Vanderbilt University for 4 years and professionally in Europe for 3 years; practicing and competing for U.S.A. Team Handball National Team; watching movies, laying on the beach, cooking, and playing with my dog Ella.
Mariane Bacelar, Doctoral Student
When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy: playing the guitar, watching TV shows, playing soccer (sports in general), reading and hanging out with friends.
Doctoral Student Alumni
Marcos Daou (summer 2018)
Dissertation Title: “The effects of practicing a motor skill with the expectation of teaching it: Benefits to skill learning, potential underlying mechanisms, and effects on skill performance under psychological pressure.”
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Coastal Carolina University
Ford Dyke (Summer 2017)
Dissertation Title: “Trait mindfulness as a moderator of green exercise and attention.”
Initial Placement: Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Kinesiology, Auburn University.
Kirk Grand (Summer 2016)
Dissertation Title: “Red or blue: Does the choice of hue influence the way you learn the things you do? A mechanistic account of the effects of incidental choice on motor learning”
Initial Placement: Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach as well as Adjunct Professor (Kinesiology), Auburn University
Andrew Thompson (Summer 2016)
Dissertation Title: “The influence of dispositional mindfulness on state anxiety and motor choking under pressure”
Initial Placement: Post-doctoral researcher, Tufts University/U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center