Dr Gavin Buckingham
Richards Building RB16
Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
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Gavin Buckingham’s research examines how cognitive factors influence perception, sensorimotor control, and the learning of new motor skills. He measures upper-limb kinematics with high-resolution motion tracking cameras, fingertip forces with portable strain gauge sensors, and sensory perception with various psychophysical techniques. His work has implications for the treatment and understanding of movement disorders which affect the upper limbs, as well as understanding how humans can effectivly use tools for robotic-assisted surgery tools, upper-limb prosthetic devices.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Gavin Buckingham is a senior lecturer in sensorimotor control at Exeter. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2008, examining attention in the context of hand preferences. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he moved to Canada to take up a position as a postdoctoral fellow in the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University in Canada working with Prof. Mel Goodale. His work in Canada mostly focused on how we perceive weight and interact with objects in the world around us, for which he was awarded an NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. In January 2013, he was appointed to his first faculty position as a lecturer in the Psychology Department at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where he stayed for 3 years. In February 2016, he joined Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter where, he leads the Object Interaction Lab (https://sites.google.com/site/obintlab).
In most circumstances, individuals are able to make relatively accurate predictions about how heavy an object will be, even if they have never lifted it before. These expectations can not only affect how an object is lifted, but also how heavy it feels to the lifter. In the context of weight illusions, my research examines how lifters' expectations of heaviness can reliably and persistently affect our perception of how heavy an object feels, and how they are distinct from the processes which allow our sensorimotor system to ‘learn’ the weight of an object. These simple object lifting studies have led to a range of applied projects examining sensorimotor learning in a variety of real-world situations, from sport and exercise to virtual reality to minimally-invasive surgery.
Dr Buckingham’s current projects can be found on his lab website: https://sites.google.com/site/obintlab.
Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) small grant (2014; £2500; PI)
Project title: Object lifting and weight illusions in immersive virtual reality
Carnegie Trust Collaborative Research Grant (2014; £39,752; CO-I)
Project title: Memory and motor performance: Studying human grasping movements
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Grant to support international collaboration (2012; €1000; CO-I)
Project title: Investigating the perception of weight and application of fingertip forces during lifts of objects of different materials in patients with Apraxia.
Physicians Services Incorporated (PSI) Health Research Grant (2012; $48,000; CO-I)
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External Engagement and Impact
Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013; $140,000)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Member of the Young Academy of Scotland of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2014-present).
Member of the British Psychological Society (2013-present).
Member of the Experimental Psychological Society (2013-present).
Editor at PLoS ONE.
Co-editor at Experimental Brain Research.
Review editor at Frontiers in Sports and Exercise Science.
Guest editor for a special topic at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience entitled ‘Perceiving and Acting in the Real World: From Neural Activity to Behavior’.
Seminar at the Department of Psychology Edinburgh University (2015).
Seminar at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (2015).
Seminar at the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario (2015).
Seminar at the Kinesiology Department at the University of Waterloo (2015).
Seminar at the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (2015).
Seminar for the Brain in Action IRTG at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (2015).
Seminar at the Department of Psychology at Durham University (2014).
Seminar at the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences at the University of Trento (2014).
Seminar at the Human Cognitive Neuroscience series at Edinburgh University (2014).
Seminar at the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University (2013).
Seminar at the Department of Movement Science at Technical University Munich (2013).
Seminar at the Department of Philosophy at Glasgow University (2013).
Seminar at the Department of Psychology at the University of Abertay Dundee (2013).
Seminar at the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University (2013).
Seminar at the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen (2013).
Seminar at the Department of Psychology at Bangor University (2013).
Seminar at the Institute for Movement Neuroscience at University College London (2012).
Seminar at the Department of Movement Science at Technical University Munich (2011).
Seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen (2011).
Seminar at the General Motors Automotive Technology Workshop (2011).
Seminar at the Department of Kinesiology at University of Western Ontario (2010).
Seminar at the Department of Psychology at University of Aberdeen (2009).
Seminar at the Sensorimotor Research Group at Queen’s University (2009).
Some coverage of my recent work on human echolocation:
Dr Buckingham has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Psychological Science, Cortex, and the Journal of Neurophysiology. He has presented is work at 30 national and international conferences, and been invited to speak at universities in the UK, Germany, Italy, and North America.
Organizer and chair of a workshop entitled ‘Weight Illusions’ at the 2015 IEEE World Haptics conference in Chicago.
Organizer and chair of a symposium entitled ‘Recent Advances in the Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology of Sensorimotor Control’ at the 2015 British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) conference in Essex.
Organizer and chair of a Nanosymposium entitled ‘Reaching Control: Action and Sensation' at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference in Washington DC.
- ESS2303 - Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
- ESS2304 - Quantitative Research Methods
- ESS3302 - Dissertation
- ESS3303 - Independent Research Review
- ESS3304 - Dissertation (Physiology)
- ESS3305 - Independent Research Review (Physiology)
- SHSM025 - Dissertation (Journal Article)
Supervision / Group
- Pan Dimitriou (based at Heriot-Watt University)