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About Dr Mitchell G Longstaff

Dr Mitchell Longstaff BSc(Hons)(Newcastle), PhD(Newcastle), PostGradDipHighEd(Greenwich)
Mitchell’s research interests are broadly in the areas of cognitive psychology and motor control. His primary area of research is how fine movements skills (such as handwriting and drawing, goal directed aiming) are controlled and the degradation of those skills due to normal ageing or neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Other areas of study are viewed in the context of movement skills (e.g. attention, perception, cognitive neuroscience, sensation and perception) as well as several more general areas of cognitive psychology (e.g. memory processes, human information processing, decision making and problem solving, mathematical models, time series and nonlinear dynamic analysis techniques).
Mitchell has presented his research at international conferences and published in international peer reviewed journals.
Mitchell was awarded his PhD by the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2000 where his primary research interest was in the general area of cognitive psychology. His dissertation involved the use of graphic tasks (e.g. handwriting, drawing) as a tool for understanding the performance and degradation of fine motor skills, as well as an assessment tool with applications to the study of neurological disorders with motor dysfunction. Population groups studied included people with Multiple Sclerosis and tremor. Mitchell completed his PhD under the supervision of Assoc. Prof R.A. Heath.
Mitchell built on this foundation when he moved to Arizona State University (USA) in 2000 where he was offered a position as a postdoctoral research associate, working in the Motor Control Lab run by Prof. George Stelmach. During this time he broadened his research to include people with Parkinson’s disease and investigated goal directed actions. He also collaborated on research into nonlinear and time series analysis techniques as applied to psychological data, cognitive dynamics, and category learning.
In 2003 Mitchell moved to the UK where he took up a position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Here he was responsible for the Cognitive Psychology teaching offered by the department of Psychology and Counselling, as well as continuing with his research interests. This extended to investigating factors that impact on verbal working memory.
In 2009 Mitchell moved to Southern Cross University where he is further developing his program of research and teaching.


Present Associate Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Health and Human Sciences

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Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6659 3347
Fax: (+61 2) 6659 3202


Journal articles (16)

Book chapters (1)

Theses (3)

Conferences (16)