Stacey Windeatt
PhD student


Research projects

Project Title: Action observation and social influence: The contribution of actor-observer relations in promoting recovery post stroke.


Funding Body: ESRC

Project Description: My research is on the role of social influence in action observation therapy for recovery following stroke. Action observation has been shown to be an effective tool for promoting movement post stroke. Observing others perform actions activates mirror neurons in the brain as if the observer was performing the actions themselves. Furthermore, these mirror neurons fire at a more rapid rate when the observer is similar to the observer. This is in agreement with literature from social psychology which tells us that our beliefs and behaviours are influence by those around us, especially when we perceive others to be similar to ourselves (in-group members).  Taken together this suggests that action observation therapy delivered by an in-group member, with whom the observer can identify with, may influence the outcomes of the therapy through improving motivation to perform the behaviour and enhancing self-efficacy in the observer.


  • Baldacchino, A., Hughes, Z., Kehoe, M., Blair, H., The, Y., Windeatt, S., & Crome, I. B. (2012). Cannabis psychosis: Examining the evidence for a distinctive psychopathology in a systematic and narrative review. The American Journal on Addictions, 21, S88-S98. Doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00295.x
  • Windeatt, S., Tarrant, M., Stathi, A., Dean, S., & Smith, J. (2013). The therapist-patient relationship in physical rehabilitation: The role of social influence on recovery. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the ESRC Student-Led Conference, University of Exeter [Awarded best poster].
  • Windeatt, S., Tarrant, M., Stathi, A., Dean, S., & Smith, J. (2014). Stroke survivors’ experiences of physical rehabilitation and the role of social influence: An interpretative phenomenology analysis. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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