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.
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