Dr Kate Wilmut BSc PhD

Reader in Psychology

 

Research Interests

I am part of the Perception and Motion Analysis (PuMA) research group and am interested in all aspects of human movement and motor coordination. In particular my research looks at how both adults and children use visual and perceptual information to plan everyday movement. My specific expertise is in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) which is sometimes referred to as 'Dyspraxia' in the UK. My recent research projects include road crossing judgements in children, the control of walking during simple and complex navigation tasks and the planning of simple reach and grasp movements which can be generalised to more complex movements.

Research students and PhD opportunities

I am always interested in supervising students with an interest in motor control, in both typical and atypical development (primarily Developmental Coordination Disorder). If you you think you might want to pursue a career in research in this area please feel free to contact me directly. Opportunities are available to students both with and without a background in psychology.

Previous/current supervision includes:

Dr. Catherine Purcell (completed May 2012) who considered aspects of road crossing in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Dr. Mellissa Prunty (completed May 2014) who considered handwriting skills in children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder.
Dr. Judith Gentle (completed Feb 2015) who considered aspects of gait in children and adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder.

Research grants

  1. Wilmut, K. The Leverhulme Trust (£52,582) Movement planning during reach-to-grasp tasks across the lifespan. Awarded 2016
  2. Wilmut, K. and Barnett, A. L. ESRC (£280,261) Navigational abilities of typically developing individuals and individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Awarded 2012
  3. Wilmut, K. ESRC (£166,515) Forward anticipation of movement in typically developing children and children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Awarded 2010
  4. Wann, J. P and Wilmut, K. ESRC (£386,348) Judgments of vehicle approach, in a road crossing situation, amongst primary school children. Awarded 2007
  5. Wann, J. P and Wilmut, K. ESRC (£43,452) The role of predictive information during goal-directed action in children. Awarded 2005.

 

Publications

  1. Wilmut, K., Barnett, A. L. (2017) When an object appears unexpectedly: anticipatory movement and object circumvention in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 235(5), 1531-1540
  2. Wilmut, K., Gentle, J., Barnett, A. L. (2017) Gait symmetry in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 107-114
  3. Purcell, C., Wilmut, K., Wann, J. P. (In Press) The Use of Visually Guided Behaviour in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) when Crossing a Virtual Road. Human Movement Science
  4. Wilmut, K., Du. W., Barnett, A. L. (2017) When an object appears unexpectedly: object circumvention in adults. Journal of Motor Behavior, online early acess
  5. Gentle, J., Barnett, A. L., Wilmut K. (2016) Adaptations to walking on an uneven terrain for individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 346-353
  6. Prunty, M., Barnett, A. L., Wilmut, K. & Plumb, M. (2016) Visual perceptual and handwriting skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49, 54-65
  7. Wilmut, K., Du, W., Barnett, A.L (2016) The role of movement variability in the perceptual judgement of passability. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4(2), 307-323
  8. Wilmut, K., Du, W., Barnett, A. (2016) Navigating through apertures: perceptual judgement and actions of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science early access
  9. Prunty, M., Barnett, A., Wilmut, K. & Plumb, M. (2016) The Impact of Handwriting Difficulties on Compositional Quality in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(10), 591-597
  10. Wilmut, K., Du, W., & Barnett, A. (2016) Gait patterns in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research. 234(6), 1747-1755
  11. Fuelscher, I., Williams, J., Wilmut, K., Enticott, P. G., & Hyde, C. (2016) Modeling the maturation of grip selection planning and action representation: Insights from typical and atypical motor development. Frontiers in Psychology, developmental section, 7(108)
  12. Du, W., Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2015) Level walking in adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder: an analysis of movement variability. Human Movement Science, 43 9-14
  13. Wilmut, K., Du, W., & Barnett, A.L. (2015) How do I fit through that gap? Navigation through apertures in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0124695. doi: 10.1371/journal/pone.0124695
  14. Prunty, M., Barnett, A.L., Wilmut, K. & Plumb, M. (2014) An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(11), 2894-2905
  15. Wilmut, K. & Byrne, M. (2014) Grip selection for sequential movements in children and adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 36, 272-284
  16. Wilmut, K. & Byrne, M. (2014) Influences of grasp selection in typically developing children. Acta Psychologica, 148, 181-187
  17. Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2014) Tailoring reach-to-grasp to intended action: the role of motor practice. Experimental Brain Research, 232,159-168
  18. Prunty, M., Barnett, A., Wilmut, K., & Plumb, M. (2013) Handwriting Speed in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: Are They Really Slower? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2927-2936
  19. Hyde, C., Wilmut, K., Fuelscher, I. & Williams, J. (2013) Does motor imagery ability predict reaching correction efficiency? Journal of Motor Behavior, 45(3), 259-269
  20. Wilmut, K., Byrne, M. & Barnett, A. L. (2013) To throw or to place: does onward intention affect how a child reaches for an object? Experimental Brain Research, 226(3), 421-429
  21. Wilmut, K., Byrne, M. & Barnett, A. L. (2013) Reaching to throw compared to reaching to place: a comparison across individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(1) 174-182
  22. Barnett, A. Dawes, H. & Wilmut, K. (2012) Constraints and facilitators to participation in physical activity in teenagers with Developmental Coordination Disorder: an exploratory interview study. Child: Care, Health and Development. Available online
  23. Purcell, C., Wann, J. P., Wilmut, K. & Poulter, D. (2012) Reduced looming sensitivity in primary school children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science, 15(3), 299-306.
  24. Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2011) Locomotor behaviour of children while navigating through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 210,   185-194
  25. Purcell, C., Wann, J. P., Wilmut, K. & Poulter, D (2011) Roadside judgements in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(4), 1283-1292.
  26. Ho, A. & Wilmut, K. (2010) Speech and oro-motor function in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: A pilot study. Human Movement Science, 29, 605-614
  27. Wilmut, K. & Barnett, A. (2010) Locomotor judgements while navigating through apertures. Human Movement Science, 29, 289-298
  28. Wilmut, K. (2010) Selection and assessment of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 52(3) 229
  29. Wilmut, K. and Wann, J. P. (2008) The use of pre-scanning in the parameterisation of sequential pointing and reaching movements. Journal of Motor Behaviour 40(6), 558-567
  30. Wilmut, K. and Wann, J. P. (2008) The use of predictive information is impaired in the actions of children and young adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research 191(4), 403-418
  31. Farran, E. and Wilmut, K (2007) Texture segmentation in Williams Syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 45(5), 1009-1018
  32. Wilmut, K., Brown, J.H. and Wann, J. P (2007) Attention Disengagement in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Disability and rehabilitation (1), 47-55
  33. Wilmut, K., Wann, J. P and Brown, J.H. (2006) How active gaze informs the hand in sequential pointing movements. Experimental Brain Research, 175(4), 654-666
  34. Wilmut, K., Wann, J. P and Brown, J.H. (2006) Problems in the coupling of eye and hand in the sequential movements of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Child: Care, Health and Development, 32(6), 665-678

 

Professional Activities:

Chair of the UK working group for the International Society of Research into DCD
Member of the ESRC peer review college
Symposium Organiser: BPS Developmental Section, Oxford Brookes, 2008
Reviewer for: EPSRC, MRC, ESRC, Experimental Brain Research, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Human Movement Science, Research into Developmental Disabilities, Gait and Posture, Disability and Rehabilitation, Behavioural Brain Research, JEP: HPP.
External examiner for: Newman University and University College London

Publications from RADAR

  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2017) When an object appears unexpectedly: anticipatory movement and object circumvention in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 235 (5). [summary page]
  • Du, W, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K (2016) The role of movement variability and action experience in the perceptual judgement of passability. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4 (2). pp. 307-323. [summary page]
  • Fuelscher, I, Williams, J, Wilmut, K, Enticott, P, Hyde, C (2016) Modeling the Maturation of Grip Selection Planning and Action Representation: Insights from Typical and Atypical Motor Development. Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (108). pp. 1-14. [summary page]
  • Gentle, J, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K (2016) Adaptations to walking on an uneven terrain for individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 pp. 346-353. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2016) The Impact of Handwriting Difficulties on Compositional Quality in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (10). pp. 591-597. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2016) Visual perceptual and handwriting skills in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 49 pp. 54-65. [summary page]
  • Purcell, C, Wilmut, K, Wann, J (2016) The Use of Visually Guided Behaviour in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) when Crossing a Virtual Road. Human Movement Science [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, V, Barnett, A (2016) When an object appears unexpectedly: object circumvention in adults. Journal of Motor Behavior [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2016) Gait patterns in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research, 234 (6). pp. 1747-1755. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2016) Navigating through apertures: perceptual judgements and actions of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Science [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Gentle, J, Barnett, A (2016) Gait symmetry in individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60 pp. 107-114. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Du, W, Barnett, A (2015) How do I fit through that gap? Navigation through apertures in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder. PLoS ONE, 10 (4). pp. 1-15. [summary page]
  • Prunty, M, Barnett, A, Wilmut, K, Plumb, M (2014) An examination of writing pauses in the handwriting of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities , 35 (11). pp. 2894-2905. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2014) Tailoring reach-to-grasp to intended action: the role of motor practice. Experimental Brain Research, 232 (1). pp. 159-168. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Byrne, M (2014) Grip selection for sequential movements in children and adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Human Movement Science, 36 pp. 272-284. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Byrne, M (2014) Influences of grasp selection in typically developing children. Acta Psychologica, 148 pp. 181-187. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Byrne, M, Barnett, A (2013) Reaching to throw compared to reaching to place: a comparison across individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (1). pp. 174-182. [summary page]
  • Purcell, C, Wann, J, Wilmut, K, Poulter, D (2012) Reduced looming sensitivity in primary school children with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Developmental Science, 15 (3). pp. 299-306. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A (2011) Locomotor behaviour of children while navigating through apertures. Experimental Brain Research, 210 (2). pp. 185-194. [summary page]
  • Ho, A, Wilmut, K (2010) Speech and oro-motor function in children with developmental coordination disorder: a pilot study . Human movement science, 29 (4). pp. 605-614. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K (2010) Selection and assessment of children with developmental coordination disorder. Developmental medicine and child neurology, 52 (3). pp. 229. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Barnett, A L (2010) Locomotor adjustments when navigating through apertures. Human movement science, 29 (2). pp. 289-298. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Wann, J (2008) The use of prescanning in the parameterization of sequential pointing and reaching movements. Journal of motor behavior, 40 (6). pp. 558-567. [summary page]
  • Wilmut, K, Wann, J P (2008) The use of predictive information is impaired in the actions of children and young adults with developmental coordination disorder . Experimental brain research , 191 (4). pp. 403-418. [summary page]
Kate Wilmut

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