Hannah Palmer

PhD researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes


Research interests

Thesis title

Redefining the developmental stages of overarm throwing from a dynamical system theory perceptive.

Supervisory team

Dr Genevieve Williams
Prof Karl Newell
Dr Dan Gordon

Research group

Hannah is a member of our Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Summary of research

This thesis explores motor control and learning from a dynamical system theory perspective. The vehicle to do this is the overarm throwing movement over practice. Throwing is a discrete action and involves both balance and coordination. By assessing throwing, it allows for balance and coordination to be viewed in the same problem, providing an ecologically valid insight into motor control. This thesis is novel both from the theoretical perspective used to investigate learning of the throwing action, and adds to the limited literature addressing motor control movement in adults; football (Chow et al. 2008), ski simulator (Vereijken, 1997) movement, gymnastics skills (Williams et al. 2015).

Selected recent publications

Palmer, H. 2015. Biomechanical Examination of the Changes in Running Gait over Time. BASES, student conference. Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

Hill, K., Palmer, H. and Williams, G. Submitted July 2016. A comparison of centre of pressure movement during overarm throws between childhood and adolescence. Human Movement Science.

Recent presentations and conferences

BASES student conference (2015) Liverpool, UK.