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John Pickavance

PhD Researcher in Cognitive Science, University of Leeds

I'm interested in the acquisition of motor skills as they relate more broadly to children's academic outcomes. In this way, it may be possible to identify those children who are at risk of falling behind their peers, using scalable, affordable technologies. Working with computer scientists, we are also interested in whether there are any computational or functional advantages in training an artificial intelligence to develop in a human-like way.

More broadly, I'm interested in engaging schools with science. Rather than using schools as participant pools, we aim to bring students closer to the scientific method, providing interactive lessons, workshops, and data sets. Through this approach, we hope to educate and inspire future generations of scientists from all backgrounds.


  • 2018–present
    PhD Researcher in Psychology, University of Leeds


  • 2017 
    Leeds Beckett University, MSc Psychology
  • 2009 
    Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, M.A(Hons) Pre-clinical Medical Studies


  • 2018
    The effects of feedback format, and egocentric & allocentric relative phase on coordination stability, Human Movement Science