• 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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My research investigates the relationships between thinking and doing in a performance context, and asks how people make sense of these experiences as they happen. I draw on detailed case studies from real-world situations to ask how people flexibly and intelligently adjust their actions in response to challenge, pressure or unpredictability, and what this reveals about human capacities for coping and excelling in high-risk, high-pressure situations.

My academic work is unusually interdisciplinary, drawing on ethnographic methods to expand on research in cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, performance studies, cultural studies and sports science. By placing these different perspectives in conversation with one another, my work consistently reveals new insights into the theoretical debates explored and the activities investigated.

Considering how people make sense of experiences in sport and physical performance reveals new ways of thinking about other situations where attention, focus and memory are important for guiding movement and collaboration. These range from aesthetic practices such as theatre and dance, to job-specific expertise like performing surgery or flying a plane, to supporting memory and communication processes as we age, and to day-to-day activities where we don’t think about every step of an action in order to carry it out. This training translates to equipment consultation, product testing, cycling advocacy and general media work I do within the cycling industry.

I work part-time as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Cognitive Science, and part-time as a freelance journalist for Australian and international sports media. I am an associate member of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training (CEPET) and member of the Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing.

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Research Outputs

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference proceeding contribution
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review

Affordances and the anticipatory control of action

Christensen, W. & Bicknell, K., Jan 2019, Handbook of embodied cognition and sport psychology. Cappuccio, M. L. (ed.). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, p. 601-621 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Memory systems and the control of skilled action

Christensen, W., Sutton, J. & Bicknell, K., 24 May 2019, In : Philosophical Psychology. 32, 5, p. 692-718 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Technology, equipment and the mountain biker's taskscape

    Bicknell, K., 2016, Women in action sport cultures: identity, politics and experience. Thorpe, H. & Olive, R. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 237-258 22 p. (Global culture and sport).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    The Sense of agency and its role in strategic control for expert mountain bikers

    Christensen, W., Bicknell, K., McIlwain, D. & Sutton, J., 2015, In : Psychology of consciousness : theory, research, and practice. 2, 3, p. 340-353 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Audience experience: a critical analysis of audiences in the performing arts

    Bicknell, K., 2014, In : Australasian Drama Studies. 65, p. 326-330 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • Activities

    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Symposium 'Movement, Expertise and Creativity' presented at Australasian Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ASPP) 2018 meeting

    Sarah Pini (Organiser), Kathryn Bicknell (Organiser)
    7 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...