Relevant Degree Programs
Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters
Sport development pathways, women's and men's soccer, action observation and prediction, observational learning of perceptual motor skills, optimizing practice conditions through practice manipulations and instructions, motor skill expertise and associated processes
Interest and experience in experimental psychology/working in labs where experimental research is conducted, particularly with a behavioural focus.
Strong grades and experience in statistics and research methods
Excellent grades in motor behaviour courses (motor control, motor learning, motor development...) and /or attention and memory, neuroscience courses related to motor control and learning, vision and perception.
Experience with programming software (such as Labview/Matlab/eprime or online experimental platforms)
Experience with motion analysis, data processing
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
- Difficulty is a Real Challenge: A Perspective on the Role of Cognitive Effort in Motor Skill Learning (2020)
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 9 (4), 455--460
- Error Augmentation in Immersive Virtual Reality for Bimanual Upper-Limb Rehabilitation in Individuals With and Without Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy (2020)
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 28 (2), 541--549
- Target Size Manipulations Affect Error-Processing Duration and Success Perceptions but not Behavioural Indices of Learning (2019)
Brain Sciences, 9 (5), 119
- Mu Suppression Is Sensitive to Observational Practice but Results in Different Patterns of Activation in Comparison with Physical Practice (2018)
Neural Plasticity, 2018, 1--12