Human Movement Science


Academics in the group collaborate widely with colleagues from the across the university, industry and other academic institutions.

Industry partners

As part of the mechanisms of lower limb injury and disease theme current partners include:

  • Exeter Chiefs
  • Ministry of Defence
    We have established close collaborations with the Institute of Naval Medicine, investigating biomechanical variables associated with lower limb injury occurrence in Royal Marine recruits.
  • Activinsights Ltd
    Vicky Stiles is working with Activinsights Ltd to test the feasibility of objectively measuring training load in runners using accelerometry.

As part of the cognitive and psychophysiological determinants of human performance theme current partners include:

  • Ministry of Defence
    Through Dstl, we are exploring the efficacy of interventions designed to guide eye movements for the learning of decision-making and visuomotor skills in various contexts relevant to military personnel.
  • FlyBE
    We have been working with FlyBE to explore the role of stress on pilot performance during critical incidents.
  • Intuitive Surgical Ltd
    Our work with Intuitive Surgical (the maker of the Da Vinci surgical robot) focused on assessing the human factors benefits of robotic surgery over traditional laparoscopic surgery (e.g, workload, stress) etc.
  • Rugby Football Union / Football Association
    We have been involved in two major change projects that have sought to modify the competitive structure of rugby union and football for children. These projects have had national impact and have culminated in new rules governing the game played (in rugby) and a new competitive structure (in football) for children.
  • Exeter City Football Club
    Through a PhD studentship co-funded by the club, we are examining the various technical, tactical, psychological and physical attributes that combine to create a talented footballer.  We hope to better understand these ‘recipes’ and support the club in developing talent.

International partners

Current international parters include:

  • 'Moving in New Directions' (
    This is a Dutch-led research programme that assesses the effects and feasibility of motor learning interventions targeting at improvement of activities and skills of individuals within rehabilitation (led by Dr Susy Braun, Zuyd University / University of Maastrich)). As project partners we have been involved in running experimental studies examining the feasibility of implicit motor learning strategies for individuals recovering from Stroke and Parkinson’s.
  • Beijing Sports University
    Following a year-long visit from Ms Guoxiao Sun of Beijing Sports University we are now partners in a project exploring Athletes' Goal-Directed Attentional Control under Pressure (China Social Science Funding; led by Prof. Zhang).
  • Spaulding National Running Center, PM&R, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
    This work assesses biomechanical variables associated with lower limb running injuries in recreational runners.
  • University of British Columbia
    We are collaborating on projects examining tactile gating during goal-directed manual actions
  • University of Aberdeen
    We are collaborating on a Carnegie grant funded project examining how internal representations of size and position decay over time with memory-guided reaches
  • Heriot-Watt University
    We are collaborating on projects looking at how healthy ageing affects perception and action in the context of object lifting
  • University of Edinburgh
    We are collaborating on projects looking at how visual deficits influence sensorimotor prediction and weight perception
  • Technical University, Munich
    We are collaborating on projects looking at how motor deficits influence sensorimotor prediction and weight perception
  • University of Western Ontario
    We are collaborating on a range of projects investigating fundamental aspects of perception and action
  • Dalhousie University
    We are collaborating on work examining how we categorize objects, and the degree to which perception and action treat these categories as boundaries.