Sophie Harris

Thesis title: The influence of anxiety, self-efficacy and movement variability on the perceptual judgements and executed actions of adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Start year: 2020


Supervisor(s): Dr Clare Rathbone, Professor Kate Wilmut

Sophie Harris

Research topic

My PhD research focuses on adults with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) / Dyspraxia. I am looking at how aspects of anxiety, confidence and resilience influence and change perceptions of how we can move in the environment and then also how we actually move within the environment.

This research follows on from my MSc project which considered the influence of anxiety on stepping affordances in typical adults. My PhD is supervised by Dr. Kate Wilmut and Dr. Clare Rathbone.


  • Harris, S., Wilmut, K. (2020) To step or to spring: The influence of state anxiety on perceptual judgements and executed action. Experimental Brain Research, 238 843-849
  • Harris S, Wilmut K, Rathbone C. (In Press) Anxiety, confidence and self-concept in adults with and without developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104119. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34736108.