12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Research Seminar: Liam JB Hill
Movement Matters: Investigating the role movement plays in children's psychological and academic development
Learning to produce coordinated movements is one of the first and most fundamental challenges the developing brain must master and yet within the psychological sciences sensorimotor behaviour is often reductively treated as largely epiphenomenal and only a subordinate representation of the workings of higher-order, more abstracted, cognitive abilities (e.g. attention, executive function). In this presentation I will present data that challenges this assumption and argues for greater appreciation of sensorimotor processes as an ‘equal partner’ alongside other aspects psychological functioning in determining the trajectory of a child’s developmental.
Firstly, in the context of child mental health I will present evidence of coordination difficulties often co-occurring in conjunction with other forms of psychopathology to a greater extent than previous assumed and potentially having shared genetic origins with other disorders.