Dr Sam Vine
Associate Professor Psychology


I am a Psychologist, with a broad range of interests in the area of skill learning, expertise and performance under pressure. I am particularly interested in how visual attention and other physiological processes mediate motor skill and decision making performance. I apply my research to a range of different domains (e.g., sport, surgery, military, and aviation) and populations (e.g., children, elite performers and patient groups). I am interested in eye tracking and virtual reality technology.

Broad research specialisms

  • Visual attentional processes that support motor control and decision making. I have a particular interest in the 'Quiet Eye'.
  • Mechanistic theories of the anxiety-performance relationship.The processes through which anxiety hinders (or helps) performance.
  • Transactional models of stress that explain individualistic reactions to performance pressure.
  • Training interventions designed to expedite learning (e.g. quiet eye/gaze training and implicit motor learning).
  • Performance under pressure, and interventions that help to protect motor control and decision making in stressful environments.
  • Simulated/synthetic training (e.g. the use of virtual reality simulations).
  • The measurement of psychophysiological markers (e.g. workload, invested effort, fatigue, gaze control) to examine the human-machine interface in the context of skill learning and performance.

Contact details and links to web pages


BSc Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter.

PhD Psychology, University of Exeter.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Soociety (AFBPsP)

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)


I completed my PhD in Performance Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2010, entitled: Anxiety, Attention and Performance Variability in Visuo-motor Skills. I worked as an Associate Teaching Fellow in Exeter for one year, before being appointed as a Lecturer in August 2011. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 2015, and Associate Professor in 2018. I am a member of the Human Movement Science and Virtual Reality research groups. 

Contact details

Internal tel2892
Tel+44 (0) 1392 722892
AddressRichard's Building
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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