Alan Stevens chaired an entertaining discussion between Roderick Buchanan and neuroscientist Narender Ramnani on team spirit.
Buchanan’s work Memory Drill is a study of hockey and basketball teams, developed with sports psychologists studying collective efficacy. Using Memory Drill as a start point, this fast-paced conversation will consider how the performance of one player can affect an entire team and will reflect on what might motivate individual players to contribute to the glory of the team while he or she remains almost anonymous.
Roderick Buchanan works in the fields of installation, film and photography. Many of his previous works have focussed on some aspect of sporting activity. Born in Glasgow, where he continues to live and work, he has exhibited across the globe, with solo shows in Britain, France, India, Canada and Sweden.
Dr Narender Ramnani is Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience, Royal Holloway, University of London. The work of his lab is focussed on the properties of skilled behaviour and the ways in which the brain supports them. Amongst other things, the group studies the development of mental skills that support movement and how the brain learns skills to the point where they become automatic and intuitive.