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Dr Jonathan Flavell
Postdoctoral Research Associate



My research focus is visual/motor prediction and control.  I completed my undergraduate and masters degrees at Bangor University during which I worked on predictive control in elderly cerebellar impaired patients.  I then wrote my PhD thesis exploring the tolerances of the brain’s internal model of gravity at Manchester Metropolitan University. During that time I also joined a project of motor assessments following ‘mirror therapy’ interventions for children with hemiparetic CP.  Following this I moved to the University of Bradford to investigate predictive motor control and motion prediction in elite and novice athletes.  Early in 2017 I joined the University of York to develop understanding and application of preference shifting via perceptual and motor fluency.  



  • 2017-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York.
  • 2013-2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bradford.
  • 2013 Postdoctoral Research Assistant (short contract), Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • PhD ‘An investigation into the directional and amplitude aspects of an internal model of gravity’, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2015.
  • MSc Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology, Bangor University, UK, 2008.
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Neuropsychology, Bangor University, UK, 2007.



Harnessing the power of visuomotor fluency to encourage healthy choices


My current project is develop preference shifting techniques via perceptual and motor fluency.  I hope to be able to apply these techniques to video-games in order to subtly change real-world choice behaviour.  One long term is goal is to create a series of games that encourage healthy eating choices in children.  This project is funded by a Leverhulme Trust grant awarded to Steve Tipper and Harriet Over.
I am also working with Prof Barrett and Dr Buckley (University of Bradford) on visuo-motor aspects of elite sporting performance, and with Dr Michelle To (Lancaster University) on perceptual fluency.
I also run a short course on Matlab for psychologists.


  • Professor Steve Tipper and Dr Harriet Over at the University of York
  • Professor Brendan Barrett and Dr John Buckley at the University of Bradford
  • Dr Michelle To at Lancaster University


Selected publications

  • Motion fluency and object preference: Robust perceptual but fragile memory effects (in press)
    JC Flavell, BG McKean, SP Tipper, AJ Kirkham, T Vestner, H Over
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • Preference for illusory contours: Beyond object symmetry, familiarity, and nameability (2018)
    JC Flavell, SP Tipper, H Over.
    Emotion 18 (5), 736
  • Group membership and racial bias modulate the temporal estimation of in-group/out-group body movements (2018)
    V Cazzato, S Makris, JC Flavell, CM Vicario.
    Experimental Brain Research, 1-11.
  • Temporal estimation in prediction motion tasks is biased by a moving destination (2018)
    JC Flavell, BT Barrett, JG Buckley, JM Harris, AJ Scally, NB Beebe, AG Cruickshank, SJ Bennett.
    Journal of Vision 18 (2), 5-5.
  • Vision and Visual History in Elite/Near-Elite-Level Cricketers and Rugby-League Players (2017)
    BT Barrett, JC Flavell, SJ Bennett, AG Cruickshank, A Mankowska,
    Sports medicine-open 3 (1), 39.
  • Reaction times in elite athletes and the influence of saccades (2016)
    BT Barrett, JM Harris, JG Buckley, SJ Bennett, J Flavell, NC Beebe, AJ Scally, AG Cruickshank.
    Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 57 (12), 201-20.
  • A probabilistic MR atlas of the human cerebellum (2009)
    J Diedrichsen, JH Balsters, JC Flavell, E Cussans, N Ramnani
    Neuroimage 46 (1), 39-465392009

Contact details

Dr Jonathan Flavell
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Psychology
The University of York
YO10 5DD
Room PS/C124b

Tel: 01904 323139