Tom Arthur

Health and Wellbeing

PhD Researcher in Health and Wellbeing (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2017

Research topic: Exploring the Visuomotor Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Recent research argues that deficits in motor functioning are a key feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with renowned clumsiness and impaired motor co-ordination emerging as typical traits. My research will bring together elements from developmental psychology, neuroscience and sports science to better understand the functional deficits shown by ASD populations. Specifically, in collaboration with the Centre of Applied Autism Research in Bath, we aim to increase our understanding of how and why these motor difficulties emerge, before developing a novel intervention that can combat such deficits and enhance motor learning.

Research supervisors: Dr Samuel Vine, Dr Gavin Buckingham, Professor Mark Brosnan