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Dr Mark Wilson
Associate Professor Experimental Psychology & Human Movement Science


I am an associate professor in experimental psychology and human movement science. Broadly, I am interested in the processes underpinning skilled performance; why skills might break down under pressure; and optimizing the skill acquisition process. As a chartered psychologist and registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, I provide psychological support services in a range of performance domains.

Broad research specialisms:

Essentially, my work seeks to advance psychological theory (in perception, cognition and action), while directly relating to applied problems. As such I attempt to incorporate knowledge from a range of specialist areas, including cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, motor control, motor learning, perception-action, sport psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.  Broadly my applied (theoretical) interests are in:

  • Expertise and visuomotor control (particularly the role of quiet eye)
  • Skill acquisition (implicit motor learning / quiet eye training)
  • Anxiety and performance (attentional control theory / theory of reinvestment)
  • Stress appraisals (biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat)
  • Youth development through sport (developmental model of sports participation)


1995 MEng University of Manchester
2001 MSc Manchester Metropolitan University
2005 PGCE(HE) Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 PhD Manchester Metropolitan University


In a previous ‘life’ I was a project manager in industry before re-training as a sport psychologist. After teaching and research positions at Manchester Metropolitan University (where I completed my PhD), I joined Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2006. Currently, I teach on both undergraduate and post graduate modules and act as Admissions Coordinator for the department. In 2010, I was awarded a visiting fellowship to the University of Hong Kong (funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) where I am still an Honorary Associate Professor.

2013 – present: Associate Professor psychology, University of Exeter.
2009 – 2013:    Senior Lecturer psychology, University of Exeter.
2006 – 2009:    Lecturer psychology, University of Exeter.
2004 – 2006:    Research Fellow motor control, Manchester Metropolitan University.
2001 – 2004:    Lecturer sport psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University.
1995 – 1999:    Project Manager and Production Engineer, Unilever Ltd.

Contact details

Internal tel2891
Tel+44 (0) 1392 722891
BuildingRichards Building
AddressSport and Health Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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