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Callum O'Malley

Post Doctoral Research Associate



University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


I am researcher investigating effort-based decision-making and its impact on task performance. Primarily I research the perception of effort from a psychophysiological perspective which involves monitoring the physiological and perceptual changes associated with varying forms and intensities of effort application. In doing so, my research is applicable to both performance (e.g., elite sport, military) and health (e.g., physical activity, chronic conditions) environments.


PhD Exercise Physiology and Psychology, University of Kent

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Salford

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Award (AFHEA)

Fellowship, Cumberland Lodge


2023 - PRESENT: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter

2022 - 2023: Visiting Researcher, Universite de Montreal / CRIUGM

2021 - 2023: Fellow, Cumberland Lodge

2019 - 2023: PhD Candidate, University of Kent

2016 - 2019: BSc (Hons), University of Salford


Research interests

  • Psychophysiology of perceived effort
  • Effort-based decision-making and its impact on task performance
  • Interactions of pain on effort and motor tasks

Research projects

  • Psychophysiological Indices of Perceived Effort and Its Self-Regulation
  • Impact of Pain on Perceived Effort and Motor Task Performance


Journal articles

O'Malley CA, Fullerton CL, Mauger AR (2024). Analysing experienced and inexperienced cyclists’ attentional focus and self-regulatory strategies during varying intensities of fixed perceived effort cycling: a mixed method study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 70 Abstract.

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