Washington Singer 302
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2008 with an honors degree in psychology. In 2011, I was awarded a 1+3 studentship from the ESRC on the interdisciplinary Health and Wellbeing pathway. I gained my Master’s degree in 2012 and I am currently working towards a doctoral degree. I am proud to be a part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SW DTC) registered across the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Bristol. I am a member of the Social, Environmental and Organisational research group (SEORG) within the school of Psychology and also the Psychology Applied to Health research group (PAtH) group within the Medical School. I am interested in rehabilitation following stroke and along with another PhD student, I coordinate the Action After Stroke group on St. Luke’s campus.
Broad research specialisms:
- Action Observation
- Social Influence
MA (hons) Psychology, 2008 (University of St. Andrews)
MRes Health and Wellbeing, 2012 (University of Exeter)
Research group links
Project Title: Action observation and social influence: The contribution of actor-observer relations in promoting recovery post stroke.
- Dr Mark Tarrant (Exeter Medical School),
- Dr Afroditi Stathi (Health, University of Bath),
- Dr Sarah Dean (Exeter Medical School),
- Dr Joanne Smith (Psychology, University of Exeter)
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.