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About the Lab

Learning new skills is a very complex phenomenon that involves many different systems in the body. The systems and processes involved in executing skills change with practice as the body learns to optimize key processes. In our lab, we use a variety of different methodologies to study changes in the body that arise as a result of learning and practice, from the initial stages of skill acquisition through to elite and expert-level performance. We also study how skill acquisition and performance can be evaluated, and how curricula can be adapted to take advantage of the latest advances in behavioural neuroscience and the sports sciences.

We are based in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. We have close ties with the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, the Health Research Methodology and Health Science Education programs, and the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. We are also affiliated with the Wilson Centre and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Please use the links above to find out more about our lab and our work.

Please note that we are not taking any more students for the 17/18 year. If you wish to apply for the 18/19 year, please click here.