Eye movements and reading at sentence and line boundaries: exploring wrap-up and return-sweep effects.

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 28.07.2015

Web-Site: findaphd.com


Context: Over recent years, there has been a marked increase in the incidence of injury among the physically active, regardless of the level of participation. One approach to reducing the deleterious effect of injury, both in terms of occurrence and response, is through the identification of factors that contribute to their prediction which can inform the design and implementation of intervention strategies. The stress response is an underlying cause and manifestation of injury that exists in multiple forms. A continued emphasis on disparate unidisciplinary approaches within the research literature is hampering a fine-grained understanding of the complex nature of the stress-injury relationship. This project addresses the need for an integrated approach to examining this multifaceted problem.

Aim and objectives: The explicit aim of this PhD is to gain an innovative, interdisciplinary understanding of biomechanical, psychological and psychophysiological stress-related factors and the mechanisms that underpin their effects in the prediction of, and athletes’ responses to, sport injury.

The primary objectives of the PhD project address the need for research that: (a) examines the multifaceted predictive and/or causative attributes of injury; (b) provides an insight into the relationship between biomechanical (eg due to anatomical predisposition), psychological (eg life events, personality) and psychophysiological (eg due to fatigue and/or chronic stress) factors in the stress-injury relationship; (c) is longitudinal; and (d) provides the basis for the design and implementation of effective injury prevention, screening and rehabilitation strategies.

The PhD project is hosted by the Cardiff School of Sport which prides itself on a growing reputation for world-leading and internationally excellent research. The recent joint REF submission made by the Cardiff School of Sport and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University was ranked 7th out of 51 submissions both on research power and research quality by Times Higher Education. The proposed interdisciplinary research cultivates internal and external cross-discipline collaborations to form a supervisory team comprising sport injury experts who have been returned across four consecutive research assessment cycles. The supervisory team comprises:

Dr Marianne Gittoes (Sport Biomechanics, Cardiff School of Sport)
Dr Lynne Evans (Sport Psychology, Cardiff School of Sport)
Professor Richard Mullen (University of South Wales)


Funding Notes:

Applicants must have at least a good first degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences (including biomechanics, psychology and physiology components) or a similar related area. The applicant would ideally have a relevant MSc degree, experience in human performer testing in laboratory and/or field environments, and a strong research methods background. Very good organisation and written and verbal communication skills are essential.

This three year PhD will commence in January 2016. The PhD bursary consists of the standard tuition fee for a "home" student and a stipend linked to the minimum amount set annually by Research Councils UK (currently £14,057 pa).