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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

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2011 - present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Exercise and Sports Science, The University of Sydney, 2011 - 2011

Publications

Highlighted publications

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

Conference publication

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

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, 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, 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, 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

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

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

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

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 metrics as a new direction for movement imagery and action observation Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 34 :S171-S171

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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 metrics as a new direction for movement imagery and action observation Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 34 :S171-S171

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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 metrics as a new direction for movement imagery and action observation Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, NASPSPA 34 :S171-S171

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

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

Journal article

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 >Public Url

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

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 >Public Url

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

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 >Public Url

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

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

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

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

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 >Public Url

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

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 >Public Url

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

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 >Public Url

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 >Public Url

Causer J, Bennett SJ, Holmes PS, Janelle CM, Williams AM. 2010. Quiet Eye Duration and Gun Motion in Elite Shotgun Shooting JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :S67-S67 >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 >Public Url

Causer J, Bennett SJ, Holmes PS, Janelle CM, Williams AM. 2010. Quiet Eye Duration and Gun Motion in Elite Shotgun Shooting JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :S67-S67 >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 >Public Url

Causer J, Bennett SJ, Holmes PS, Janelle CM, Williams AM. 2010. Quiet Eye Duration and Gun Motion in Elite Shotgun Shooting JOURNAL OF SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, 32 :S67-S67 >Link

Chapters

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

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

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, 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

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

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, 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

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

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

Thesis/Dissertation

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

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

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

Report

Causer J. 2009. Eye movements and gun motion in shotgun shooting Clay Target Magazine

Causer J. 2009. Eye movements and gun motion in shotgun shooting Clay Target Magazine

Causer J. 2009. Eye movements and gun motion in shotgun shooting Clay Target Magazine

Engagement & Impact

Award:

RCUK Silver Podium Award for Exceptional Research Contribution, Research Council UK

Fellowships:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Chartered Scientist, BASES

High Performance Sport Accreditation, BASES

Research Grants Awarded:

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 (£): USD$12,987

Australian Research Council, Anticipation and decision making skill: From testing to training, Williams, A.M Goodyear, P Jacobson, M O'Connor, D, Grant value (£): AUD$438,138

Football Federation Australia, Developing ‘game intelligent’ players, A. Mark Williams, Grant value (£): AUS$ 105,000

Badminton World Federation, The effect of perceptual training with anxiety on the anticipatory judgments of elite badminton players, Paul R. Ford, Grant value (£): USD$16,250

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 (£): USD $42,440

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

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

Teaching qualification:

PGCert LTHE