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Dr David Harris

Research Fellow

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Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I am a researcher in Psychology interested in skill acquisition, cognitive training and performance states (ranging from breakdowns under pressure to peak flow experiences). In particular, I am interested in the role of eye movements and visual attention in these areas. I have applied my research to a range on environments, including surgery, the military and gaming. My current work focuses on virtual reality and assessing the effectiveness of virtual environments for training cognitive skills. This work is funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering UK IC Postdoctoral Fellowship (https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/ic-postdoctoral).

Research Specialisms

  • Virtual reality
  • Eye tracking
  • Cognitive training
  • Observational learning
  • Quiet eye
  • Flow states

 

Qualifications

PhD, Psychology, University of Exeter 2014-2017 (Thesis - The role of attentional control in flow states)

MSc, Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter, 2011-2012 (Distinction)

PGCE, Post-Compulsory Education, Oxford Brookes University, 2008-2009

BSc(Hons), Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2005-2008

 

Career

I completed my PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Prof Mark Wilson and Dr Sam Vine at Exeter, where I examined the state of flow and how visual attention contributes to peak performance states. Since then I have worked as a Research Associate with Dr Gavin Buckingham on a project examining observational learning in robotic surgery (2017) and held subsequent post-doctoral positions working on eye movement and cognitive training for the military (2018) and eye movement training for children with DCD (2018) with Prof Wilson and Dr Vine. In 2018 I was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Post-doctoral Fellowship to examine the effectiveness of virtual reality for training cognitive skills in defence and counter-terror personnel. 

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Research

Research projects

Harris, D.J., Vine, S.J., Wilson, M.R., McGrath, J.S., LeBel, M.E. & Buckingham, G. (2018) A review of action observation for sensorimotor learning in surgery. British Journal of Surgery. In press.

Harris, D.J., Vine, S.J., Wilson, M.R., McGrath, J.S., LeBel, M.E. & Buckingham, G. (2018) Comparison of observational learning from 2D and 3D models in robotically-assisted surgical training. Surgical Endoscopy. Doi:10.1007/s00464-018-6203-3.

Harris, D. J., Wilson, M. R. & Vine, S. J. (2018) Cognitive training for sport: A systematic review of commercial devices. Frontiers in Psychology. Doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00709.

Harris, D.J., Vine, S.J., Wilson, M.R., McGrath, J.S., LeBel, M.E. & Buckingham, G. (2017) Observational learning of surgical skills on the daVinci robotic platform. PLoS One, 12(11). Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188233.

Harris, D. J., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2017). Neurocognitive mechanisms of the flow state. In Wilson, M., Walsh, V., & Parkin, B. (eds) Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part B, Vol 234, pp221-234. Doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2017.06.012

Harris, D. J., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2017). Is flow really effortless? The complex role of effortful attention. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(1), 103. Doi:10.1037/spy0000083

Harris, D. J., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2017). Flow and quiet eye: the role of attentional control in flow experience. Cognitive Processing, 18(3), 343-347. Doi:10.1007/s10339-017-0794-9.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Harris DJ, Vine S, Eysenck M, Wilson M (In Press). To err again is human: exploring a bidirectional relationship between pressure and performance failure feedback. Anxiety, Stress and Coping Full text.
Harris DJ, Wilson MR, Buckingham G, Vine SJ (2019). No effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of frontal, motor or visual cortex on performance of a self-paced visuomotor skill. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 368-373. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Is flow really effortless? the complex role of effortful attention. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(1), 103-114. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Harris D (In Press). Testing the effects of virtual reality on visuomotor skills.  Abstract.
Harris D (In Press). Testing the fidelity and validity of a virtual reality golf putting simulator.  Abstract.
Harris DJ, Vine S, Eysenck M, Wilson M (In Press). To err again is human: exploring a bidirectional relationship between pressure and performance failure feedback. Anxiety, Stress and Coping Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2019). An external focus of attention promotes flow experience during simulated driving. Eur J Sport Sci, 19(6), 824-833. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Wilson MR, Buckingham G, Vine SJ (2019). No effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of frontal, motor or visual cortex on performance of a self-paced visuomotor skill. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 368-373. Abstract.  Full text.
Moore LJ, Harris DJ, Sharpe BT, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2019). Perceptual-cognitive expertise when refereeing the scrum in rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(15), 1778-1786. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Buckingham G, Wilson MR, Vine SJ (2019). Virtually the same? How impaired sensory information in virtual reality may disrupt vision for action. Exp Brain Res, 237(11), 2761-2766. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel M-E, Buckingham G (2018). A randomised trial of observational learning from 2D and 3D models in robotically assisted surgery. Surg Endosc, 32(11), 4527-4532. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Wilson MR, Vine SJ (2018). A systematic review of commercial cognitive training devices: Implications for use in sport. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY). Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel ME, Buckingham G (2018). Action observation for sensorimotor learning in surgery. British Journal of Surgery, 105(13), 1713-1720. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Flow and quiet eye: the role of attentional control in flow experience. Cogn Process, 18(3), 343-347. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Is flow really effortless? the complex role of effortful attention. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(1), 103-114. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Neurocognitive mechanisms of the flow state. , 234, 221-243. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel M-E, Buckingham G (2017). The effect of observing novice and expert performance on acquisition of surgical skills on a robotic platform. PLoS One, 12(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Conferences

Buckingham G, Allen K, Vine SJ, Harris DJ, Wood G, Tsaneva-Atanasova K, Wilson MR (2019). Investigating How Prior Knowledge Influences Perception and Action in Developmental Coordination Disorder.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Harris D (In Press). Testing the effects of virtual reality on visuomotor skills.  Abstract.
Harris D (In Press). Testing the fidelity and validity of a virtual reality golf putting simulator.  Abstract.
Harris DJ, Vine S, Eysenck M, Wilson M (In Press). To err again is human: exploring a bidirectional relationship between pressure and performance failure feedback. Anxiety, Stress and Coping Full text.

2019

Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2019). An external focus of attention promotes flow experience during simulated driving. Eur J Sport Sci, 19(6), 824-833. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Buckingham G, Allen K, Vine SJ, Harris DJ, Wood G, Tsaneva-Atanasova K, Wilson MR (2019). Investigating How Prior Knowledge Influences Perception and Action in Developmental Coordination Disorder.  Author URL.
Harris DJ, Wilson MR, Buckingham G, Vine SJ (2019). No effect of transcranial direct current stimulation of frontal, motor or visual cortex on performance of a self-paced visuomotor skill. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 368-373. Abstract.  Full text.
Moore LJ, Harris DJ, Sharpe BT, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2019). Perceptual-cognitive expertise when refereeing the scrum in rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(15), 1778-1786. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Buckingham G, Wilson MR, Vine SJ (2019). Virtually the same? How impaired sensory information in virtual reality may disrupt vision for action. Exp Brain Res, 237(11), 2761-2766. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel M-E, Buckingham G (2018). A randomised trial of observational learning from 2D and 3D models in robotically assisted surgery. Surg Endosc, 32(11), 4527-4532. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Wilson MR, Vine SJ (2018). A systematic review of commercial cognitive training devices: Implications for use in sport. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY). Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel ME, Buckingham G (2018). Action observation for sensorimotor learning in surgery. British Journal of Surgery, 105(13), 1713-1720. Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Flow and quiet eye: the role of attentional control in flow experience. Cogn Process, 18(3), 343-347. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Is flow really effortless? the complex role of effortful attention. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 6(1), 103-114. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR (2017). Neurocognitive mechanisms of the flow state. , 234, 221-243. Abstract.  Full text.
Harris DJ, Vine SJ, Wilson MR, McGrath JS, LeBel M-E, Buckingham G (2017). The effect of observing novice and expert performance on acquisition of surgical skills on a robotic platform. PLoS One, 12(11). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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