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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. I am interested in how we learn visually guided skills and how these skills might break down under pressure. As a chartered psychologist (Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology) I provide support services to various national / international level performers (e.g., British Shooting).

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 (quiet eye)
  • Skill acquisition (implicit motor learning / quiet eye training)
  • Anxiety and performance (attentional control theory)
  • Stress appraisals (biopsychosocial model of challenge and threat)
  • Perception-action coupling (planning control model)
  • Mental workload 
  • Skill development through constrained games (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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