Sport science

Research aimed at gaining a better understanding of sporting expertise stands to benefit sports professionals and cognitive science. From a sporting perspective, building a complete picture of links between psychological and physical aspects of elite performance will inform practice in selection and training of the next generation of elite athletes and will undoubtedly contribute to gaining competitive advantage. From a cognitive science perspective, elite sport elite sport provides an ideal model for understanding expertise in general– both in its acquisition and execution.

Spatial navigation

In the first instance, a mobile real-world approach will undoubtedly enhance our understanding of spatial navigation in the field of cognitive science, validating current knowledge by bridging the methodological gap between research in animals and humans and providing novel findings on links between cognitive and physiological aspects of navigation. In terms of application, understanding how humans navigate successfully through a variety of real-world settings will identify ways to improve the design of new developments to simplify navigation

Memory (research & understanding)

Findings from a mobile cognition approach will inform current theories of memory function and provide novel information with respect to real-world operation. Memory researchers across the globe will benefit from greater understanding of relationships between memory systems and how they are influenced by physical interaction with the environment in real-world settings. In addition to beneficiaries in the immediate academic field, establishing how we extract information to form enduring memory traces from the ever-changing flow of sensory experience will be of general interest to those seeking to develop strategies to improve the lives of those suffering from memory disorders such as dementia.