Michael Carter

Principal Investigator

I am broadly interested in how the brain controls and learns skilled actions, as well as how we can improve the replicability and reproducibility of kinesiology and sport science research. This work relies on an interdisciplinary blend of theory, behaviour experimentation, and computational approaches from psychology, neuroscience, engineering, computer science, and statistics.

I completed my doctoral training under the supervision of Dr. Diane Ste-Marie (Emeritus Professor) at the University of Ottawa where I studied the cognitive processes underlying self-controlled practice. During this time, I also worked closely with Dr. Tony Carlsen on projects related to bimanual coordination and motor preparation. I then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen’s University under the mentorship of Dr. Randy Flanagan and Dr. Jason Gallivan.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology (joined in 2017) at McMaster University, where I direct the Action, Cognition, and Metascience Lab. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of motor control and learning, neurorehabilitation and robotics, statistics, and scientific computing. I currently serve as a Section Editor (Sensorimotor Control) for the journal Communications in Kinesiology, which is the flagship journal for the Society of Transparency, Openness, and Replication in Kinesiology (STORK). I also currently serve as the Chair of STORK.


Queen’s University | Kingston, ON, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Neuroscience Studies

University of Ottawa | Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ph.D. in Human Kinetics, School of Human Kinetics

Brock University | St. Catharines, ON, Canada
M.Sc. in Kinesiology, Department of Kinesiology 2008–10

Brock University | St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours), Department of Kinesiology 2004–08