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Dr Daniel Eaves

Daniel Eaves

About Daniel Eaves

Dan is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, with a focus on Motor Behaviour and Sport Psychology. He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology from Lancaster University (Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology), and is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist with the British Psychological Society.

Dan is currently a review editor for ‘Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology’ and ‘Imagination, Cognition and Personality’. He also peer reviews for many journals in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Sport Science.

Recently Dan joined the organising committee for the Research in Imagery and Observation Group.

Research interests and activities

Dan's academic interest is in the interplay between perception and action, within the disciplines of Psychology, Neuroscience and Sport Science.

Dan is currently studying the impact of observing and imaging human movements on both the human brain and motor behaviour. He investigates questions such as ‘How do we integrate a visual description of someone else’s movements into our own motor repertoire, often instantly and even when we do not intend to do so?’, ‘How does this process impact upon our intended actions?’ and ‘To what extent can seeing and imagining movements be useful techniques for those wishing to improve performance in sport, exercise and motor rehabilitation?’. Dan is currently using motion capture and electroencephalography (EEG) measures to address these questions.

Research Interests
• Motor control and learning
• Imitation, visuo-motor priming and observational learning
• Motor imagery
• Motor rehabilitation
• Effects of feedback on motor learning

PhD and research opportunities

Dan is currently supervising a number of PhD students, and always welcomes expressions of interest to collaborate on research, particularly within his areas of specialism – please feel free to get in touch.

Current projects include:

- The effects of motor imagery during action observation on motor learning (Jack Binks)

- The effects of motor imagery during action observation on motor learning in children with and without developmental coordination disorder (Matthew Scott)

- Was it you or me? The effects of motor imagery during action observation on automatic imitation and self-other distinction in schizophrenia (Jonathan Emerson) 

- Determining the mechanisms by which textured insoles improve balance (Ryan Kenny)

External research collaborations

Dan is currently collaborating on research projects with the following academics:

- Dr Stefan Vogt (Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, UK)
- Dr David Wright (Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
- Dr Adam Bruton (The Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre, The University of Roehampton, UK)
- Dr Cornelia Frank (Bielefeld University, Germany)
- Dr Jennifer Cumming (School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science, The University of Birmingham, UK)
- Dr Lawrence Behmer (City University of New York, USA)

Dan has previously collaborated with:
- Professor Nicola Hodges (University of British Columbia, Canada)
- Professor A. Mark Williams (Department of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation at the University of Utah, USA)

Learning and teaching interests

Dan is the programme leader for the BSc Sport & Exercise (Coaching Science), and regularly teaches at all levels within the undergraduate and postgraduate provision. He has also taught a Masters module in Motor Control and Learning at Sheffield Hallam University.

At Teesside University Dan has taught all aspects of motor control and learning across the undergraduate and postgraduate provision, including the neurophysiological bases of movement, and the theoretical accounts of movement from cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology perspectives. Dan has also delivered modules covering all components of the Sport and Exercise Psychology curriculum across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to sport science and sports therapy students.

Enterprise interest and activities

Dan has provided psychological support to enhance the sports performance of international-level athletes across a range of sports.


Selected publications

Scott, M., Taylor, S., Chesterton, P., Vogt, S. and Eaves, D.L., 2017. Motor imagery during action observation increases eccentric hamstring force: an acute non-physical intervention. Disability and Rehabilitation, pp.1-9.

Eaves, D.L., Riach, M., Holmes, P.S. and Wright, D.J., 2016. Motor imagery during action observation: a brief review of evidence, theory and future research opportunities. Frontiers in neuroscience, 10.

Eaves, D.L., Behmer, L.P. and Vogt, S., 2016. EEG and behavioural correlates of different forms of motor imagery during action observation in rhythmical actions. Brain and cognition, 106, pp.90-103.

Eaves, D.L., Haythornthwaite, L. and Vogt, S., 2014. Motor imagery during action observation modulates automatic imitation effects in rhythmical actions. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8.

Eaves, D.L., Turgeon, M. and Vogt, S., 2012. Automatic imitation in rhythmical actions: kinematic fidelity and the effects of compatibility, delay, and visual monitoring. PLoS One, 7(10), p.e46728.
Eaves, D.L., Breslin, G. and Van Schaik, P., 2011. The short-term effects of real-time virtual reality feedback on motor learning in dance. Presence, 20(1), pp.62-77.

Eaves, D.L., Hodges, N.J. and Williams, A.M., 2008. Energetic costs of incidental visual coupling during treadmill running. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

View Daniel Eaves' Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • PhD students gain international recognition
    North East Connected, online, 08/05/2018, North East Times, online, 09/05/2018, North East Chamber of Commerce, online, 15/05/2018
    Two PhD students from Teesside University have brought home the top prizes for their research presentations at a conference in Germany attended by scientists from across the globe.

  • Space agency studying academic's research
    Northern Echo (North Edition), 25/09/2013, p.65
    The US space agency has referenced studies by a Teesside University academic as part of its investigations into how astronauts adapt to unusual sensory conditions, such as the switch between gravity a

  • Teesside University comment
    Real Radio North East, Debbie Mac, 25/09/2013, 13:01:28, 5:0; 14:01:40, 5:0; 15:01:41, 5:0
    Interview with Daniel Eaves.

  • Pioneering research by Teesside University academic used by NASA
    Northern Echo (Web), 24/09/2013
    The US space agency has referenced studies by a Teesside University academic as part of its investigations into how astronauts adapt to unusual sensory conditions, such as the switch between gravity a