Charlotte Miles

Department: Bioenergetics and Human Performance
Discipline: Sports and Health Sciences
Research Centre/Unit: Exeter Stress, Expertise and Lifelong Learning Research Group (ExSELL)

Project Summary

My research aims to increase our understanding of the role of visuomotor strategies such as the Quiet Eye in improving the hand eye coordination of children with movement difficulties such as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  The first study compared the quiet eye in children of various motor abilities, finding that children with better motor coordination have longer and earlier quiet eye durations.  This study has been published in MSSE. My research has since progressed to intervention studies, attempting to teach both typically developing children and those with developmental conditions such as Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dyspraxia to increase their quiet eye durations in a catching task.  This work is funded by the Waterloo Foundation. The final area of my research is aiming to help understand how adults with developmental conditions have compensated for their problems through their eye movements, compared to their younger counterparts.   

Supervisory Team

Dr Mark Wilson, Dr Samuel Vine, Prof. Joan Vickers

Wider Research Interests

The role of visual information and visuomotor training in improving motor skill in various populations. The mechanisms underlying the cause of movement and coordination problems in children.  

Authored Publications/Reports

Wilson, M.R., Miles, C.A.L., Vine, S.J. & Vickers, J.N. (June 2013) Quiet eye distinguishes between children of high and low motor coordination abilities, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 45 (6), 1144-1151