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Dr Joe Causer

Dr Joe Causer

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Biography

Joe Causer is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Science and Football, and his doctoral degree in Visuomotor Control at Liverpool John Moores University. He also completed a one year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney.

Joe has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert) and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Joe is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has High Performance Sport Accreditation (HPSA) from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) in the area of skill acquisition.

Joe’s main research interest is expert performance, with a particular emphasis on anxiety, implementing training interventions to overcome the potentially negative effects of anxiety on performance, and identifying how experts mediate these effects. He is also interested the mechanisms underpinning performance in elite sport and how factors such as fatigue and anxiety affect these mechanisms. He is a consultant on a BBSRC grant (£542,000) entitled Identifying the behavioural and biological mechanisms underpinning elite performance in aiming tasks. This project aims to provide a neuroscientific analysis of the neural and functional mechanisms of visual control of action and examine how training can facilitate neural changes that affect performance in aiming tasks.

He is also involved with projects funded by the Badminton World Federation ($16,250) looking at the amount and types of developmental activities engaged in by elite adult badminton players and their association to attainment and skill acquisition. Joe also has an interest in the Quiet Eye period, and visual attention during aiming and interceptive tasks, with specific projects looking into elite populations, as well as training novice or sub-elite populations to adopt similar gaze behaviours and knowledge structures.

Joe is also an external collaborator on a project entitled The look-up-line - does it work? Gaze and head orientation of elite ice hockey players performing checks on ice. This project is in collaboration with Professor Joan Vickers and colleagues at the University of Calgary and is looking into methods to reduce incidences of concussion in Ice Hockey. Joe has previous collaborated with Professor Vickers and surgeons in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary looking into expediting surgical skill acquisition in medical students.

Other ongoing projects include collaborating with Dr Spencer Hayes and Professor Simon Bennett on projects looking at the effects of exercise on the development of empathy and wellbeing, as well as a reduction in anxiety, in autistic populations. This is in collaboration with the Wirral Autistic Society. He is also involved in projects looking at time to contact and interceptive timing as well as oculomotor control in manual aiming tasks. Previously, Joe has worked on gaze congruency between action execution, action observation and imagery. He is currently looking to extend this work via the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Degrees

2010, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2007, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons) Science and Football

Publications

Highlighted publications

Causer J, Mark Williams A. 2015. The use of patterns to disguise environmental cues during an anticipatory judgment task Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37 :74-82 >DOI

Baures R, Bennett SJ, Causer J. 2015. Temporal estimation with two moving objects: overt and covert pursuit EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 233 :253-261 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Harvey A, Snelgrove R, Arsenault G, Vickers JN. 2014. Quiet eye training improves surgical knot tying more than traditional technical training: A randomized controlled study American Journal of Surgery, 208 :171-177 >DOI

Causer J, Holmes PS, Smith NC, Williams AM. 2011. Anxiety, movement kinematics, and visual attention in elite-level performers. Emotion, 11 :595-602 >DOI >Link

Journal Articles

Gonzalez CC, Causer J, Grey MJ, Humphreys GW, Miall RC, Williams AM. 2017. Exploring the quiet eye in archery using field- and laboratory-based tasks Experimental Brain Research, 235 :2843-2855 >DOI

Broadbent DP, Ford PR, O'Hara DA, Williams AM, Causer J. 2017. The effect of a sequential structure of practice for the training of perceptual-cognitive skills in tennis PLoS ONE, 12 :e0174311-e0174311 >DOI

Causer J, Smeeton NJ, Williams AM. 2017. Expertise differences in anticipatory judgements during a temporally and spatially occluded task PLoS ONE, 12 >DOI

Broadbent DP, Causer J, Mark Williams A, Ford PR. 2017. The role of error processing in the contextual interference effect during the training of perceptual-cognitive skills Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43 :1329-1342 >DOI

Causer J, Hayes SJ, Hooper JM, Bennett SJ. 2017. Quiet eye facilitates sensorimotor preprograming and online control of precision aiming in golf putting Cognitive Processing, 18 :47-54 >DOI

Vickers JN, Causer J, Stuart M, Little E, Dukelow S, Lavangie M, Nigg S, Arsenault G, Morton B, Scott M, Emery C. 2017. Effect of the look-up line on the gaze and head orientation of elite ice hockey players European Journal of Sport Science, 17 :109-117 >DOI

Gonzalez CC, Causer J, Miall RC, Grey MJ, Humphreys G, Williams AM. 2017. Identifying the causal mechanisms of the quiet eye EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE, 17 :74-84 >DOI >Link

Alder D, Ford PR, Causer J, Williams AM. 2016. The effects of high- and low-anxiety training on the anticipation judgments of elite performers Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38 :93-104 >DOI

Causer J. 2015. Manipulating practice variables to maximise learning Medical Education, 49 :552-554 >DOI

Broadbent DP, Causer J, Ford PR, Williams AM. 2015. Contextual Interference Effect on Perceptual-Cognitive Skills Training MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, 47 :1243-1250 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Mark Williams A. 2015. The use of patterns to disguise environmental cues during an anticipatory judgment task Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37 :74-82 >DOI

Baures R, Bennett SJ, Causer J. 2015. Temporal estimation with two moving objects: overt and covert pursuit EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 233 :253-261 >DOI >Link

Broadbent DP, Causer J, Williams AM, Ford PR. 2015. Perceptual-cognitive skill training and its transfer to expert performance in the field: Future research directions EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SPORT SCIENCE, 15 :322-331 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Harvey A, Snelgrove R, Arsenault G, Vickers JN. 2014. Quiet eye training improves surgical knot tying more than traditional technical training: a randomized controlled study American Journal of Surgery, 2 :171-177 >DOI

Causer J, Barach P, Williams AM. 2014. Expertise in medicine: using the expert performance approach to improve simulation training MEDICAL EDUCATION, 48 :115-123 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Ford PR. 2014. "Decisions, decisions, decisions": transfer and specificity of decision-making skill between sports Cognitive Processing, 3 :385-389 >DOI

Causer J, Harvey A, Snelgrove R, Arsenault G, Vickers JN. 2014. Quiet eye training improves surgical knot tying more than traditional technical training: A randomized controlled study American Journal of Surgery, 208 :171-177 >DOI

Alder D, Ford PR, Causer J, Williams AM. 2014. The coupling between gaze behavior and opponent kinematics during anticipation of badminton shots HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE, 37 :167-179 >DOI >Link

McCormick SA, Causer J, Holmes PS. 2014. The influence of early aging on eye movements during motor simulation AGE, 36 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Vickers JN, Snelgrove R, Arsenault G, Harvey A. 2014. Performing under pressure: Quiet eye training improves surgical knot-tying performance SURGERY, 156 :1089-1096 >DOI >Link

Smeeton NJ, Page J, Causer J, Wilson M, Gray R, Williams AM. 2013. The BASES Expert Statement on the Effectiveness of Vision Training Programmes The Sport and Exercise Scientist, :13-13

Causer J, McRobert AP, Williams AM. 2013. The effect of stimulus intensity on response time and accuracy in dynamic, temporally constrained environments. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 23 :627-634 >DOI >Link

Causer J, McCormick SA, Holmes PS. 2013. Congruency of gaze metrics in action, imagery & action observation Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7 :604

McRobert AP, Causer J, Vassiliadis J, Watterson L, Kwan J, Williams MA. 2013. Contextual information influences diagnosis accuracy and decision making in simulated emergency medicine emergencies BMJ Quality and Safety, 22 :478-484 >DOI

McCormick SA, Causer J, Holmes PS. 2013. Active vision during movement execution, observation and imagery: evidence for shared motor representations PLoS One,

Causer J, Williams M. 2012. New advances in the quiet eye phenomenon from research in neuroscience, centre of pressure (COP), and surgery-Methods for determining the neural mechanisms underpinning quiet eye Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 34 :S37-S37 >Link

McCormick SA, Causer J, Holmes PS. 2012. Eye gaze metrics reflect a shared motor representation for action observation and movement imagery Brain and Cognition, 80 :83-88 >DOI

Causer J, Holmes PS, Smith NC, Williams AM. 2011. Anxiety, movement kinematics, and visual attention in elite-level performers. Emotion, 11 :595-602 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Holmes PS, Williams AM. 2011. Quiet eye training in a visuomotor control task. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43 :1042-1049 >DOI >Link

Causer J, Bennett SJ, Janelle C, Holmes PS, Williams AM. 2010. Quiet Eye Duration and Gun Motion in Elite Shotgun Shooting Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 :1599-1608 >DOI

Gonzalez CC, Causer J, Grey MJ, Humphreys GW, Miall RC, Williams AM. Investigations into Expert’s Quiet Eye Using Field- and Laboratory-Based Tasks Experimental Brain Research,

Other

Causer J. 2016. The future of Quiet Eye research – comment on Vickers Current Issues in Sport Science, >DOI

Chapters

Causer J. 2015. Professional Expertise in Medicine PanVascular Medicine, Second Edition :4763-4776 9783642370786 >DOI

Wilson M, Causer J, Vickers JN. 2015. Aiming for excellence: the quiet eye as a characteristic of expertise Farrow D, Baker J. Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise :22-22. New York

Causer J, Williams, A.M . 2012. Improving anticipation and decision making in sport O’Donoghue P, Sampaio J, McGarry T. The Routledge Handbook of Sports Performance Analysis :21-31 Routledge. London

Causer J, Williams AM. 2012. Professional expertise in medicine Lanzer P. Catheter-based Cardiovascular Interventions - Knowledge-based Approach :97-112 Springer. NY

Williams AM, Ford PR, Causer J, Logan O, Murray S. 2012. Translating Theory into Practice: Working at the ‘Coal Face’ in the UK! Hodges NJ, Williams AM. Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice :353-366 Routledge. London

Causer J, Janelle CM, Vickers JN, Williams AM. 2012. Perceptual training: What can be trained? Hodges NJ, Williams AM. Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice :306-324 Routledge. London

Conference Publication (journal proceedings)

Causer J, Holmes PS, Smith NC, Williams AM. 2015. Anxiety, visual attention, and performance in elite shooters European Journal of Sport Science, ECSS

Causer J, McRobert AP, Ford PR, Raw D, Mercer S, Jones N. 2012. Examining cognitive expertise and performance during simulated high-fidelity anaesthetist medical scenarios ASPiH

Causer J. Are university courses inherently biased? The effect of entry level profiles on academic performance on undergraduate programmes LJMU Teaching & Learning Conference

Causer J. Performing under pressure: Quiet eye training improves surgical knot-tying performance BPS Cognitive Psychology Section Conference

Causer J, Williams AM. Methods for determining the neural mechanisms underpinning Quiet Eye Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA

McRobert AP, Causer J, Vassiliadis J, Watterson L, Kwan J, Williams AM. The influence of context-specific information on performance during simulated emergency medicine scenarios ASPiH

Causer J, Holmes PS, Williams AM. Quiet eye training in a visuo-motor control task ECSS

McCormick SA, Causer J, Holmes PS. Eye gaze metrics as a new direction for movement imagery and action observation Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 34 :S171-S171

Causer J, Williams AM. Methods for determining the neural mechanisms underpinning quiet eye Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 34 :S37-S37

McCormick SA, Causer J, Holmes PS. Eye Gaze in Imagery, Oberservation and Action Research in Imagery and Observation

Causer J, McRobert, A.P , Williams AM. The influence of context-specific information on quality of treatment during a simulated real-life emergency medicine decision-making task ESAN

Causer J. The effect of anxiety on visual attention and performance in elite shooters ESAN

Causer J, Bennett SJ, Holmes PS, Janelle CM, Williams AM. Quiet eye duration and gun motion in elite shotgun shooting Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 32 :S67-S67

Theses / Dissertations

Causer J. 2010. Visuomotor antecedents to elite performance in Olympic shooting Williams AM, Bennett SJ, Holmes PS. Liverpool John Moores University

Engagement & Impact

Award:

Award title: RCUK Silver Podium Award for Exceptional Research Contribution, Awarding body: Research Council UK

External PGR Supervision - completed students:

Name of University: Manchester Metropolitan University, Award gained by the student: PhD

Fellowships:

Fellowship title: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Organisation: Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

High Performance Sport Accreditation, BASES

Chartered Scientist, BASES

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Research Grants Awarded:

SportScotland Institute of Sport, The effects of attentional load and anxiety on decision making and performance in elite sport, Grant value (£): 30000

BASES, The BASES Expert Statement on the Effectiveness of Vision Training Programmes, Nick Smeeton, Jenny Page, Rob Gray, A. Mark Williams, Mark Wilson, Grant value (£): 1000

USA Hockey, The Look-Up-Line: Does It Work? Gaze And Head Orientation Of Elite Ice Hockey Players Performing Checks On Ice, Joan Vickers, Sean Dukelow, Michael Stuart, Elaine Little, Grant value (£): 42144

Badminton World Federation, The effect of perceptual training with anxiety on the anticipatory judgments of elite badminton players, Paul R. Ford, Grant value (£): 10000

Football Federation Australia, Developing ‘game intelligent’ players, A. Mark Williams, Grant value (£): 56636

Australian Research Council, Anticipation and decision making skill: From testing to training, Williams, A.M Goodyear, P Jacobson, M O'Connor, D, Grant value (£): 236327

Badminton World Federation, The amount and types of developmental activities engaged in by elite adult badminton players and their association to attainment and skill acquisition., Ford, PR, Grant value (£): 10,000

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: PGCert LTHE