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Research interests

I have an interest in understanding the underlying mechanisms of human performance and learning and development of expertise in dynamic task domains, such as sport exercise, education and medicine. I use interdisciplinary research methodologies in order study human performance from biochemistry to behaviour.

My current research falls under four headings;

Anticipation and decision-making in sports,

Action observation and exercise behaviour,

The role of cogntiive processes during gait,

Interoception and exercise,

Approach to teaching

My hope is that the higher education experience give students the knowledge, confidence and autonomy to learn whatever they put their mind to. I am an active researcher with experience in professional sport and a passion for people achieving their potential. I teach sport and exercise psychology and research methods to undergraduates and master’s degree students and supervise PhD students. I specialise in skill acquisition, motor behaviour and cognitive neuroscience related to sport and physical activity. I use a range of teaching methods to actively engage students in the learning process and embed technology. I am passionate about my subject areas and see this passion develop in my students too.

Scholarly biography

Nick has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in experimental psychology/motor behaviour. He joined the University of Brighton in 2005 and is now a Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Knowledge exchange

Previous consultancy projects

2016-18 East Sussex County Council (£17,000). Health Improvement Grant

2015 City Academy (£2200). The energetics of dance (with Dr Gary Brickley)

2014 Bola (£2500). Evaluating the efficacy of a cricket batting simulator

2013 British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (£1000). Expert statement on the effectiveness of vision training programmes with J Page, J Causer, M Wilson, R Gray  & M Williams

2011-2012 ECB (£2000). The perceptual and cognitive demands of video batting simulators

Supervisory Interests

Nick supervises PhD students in the area of motor control, experimental psychology and cognitive and motor neuroscience. He is happy to be contacted to discuss potential projects on clinical exercise science, rehabilitation and sports and expert performance. There would be particular benefit to potential PhD students if their proposed programme of research fitted into one of the following areas:

-          Sensory processes during exercise, interoception, vision, audition

-          Cognition and gait, dual tasks, prefrontal cortex

-          Action observation, visuo-motor coupling, inter- and intra-person coordination

-          Anticipation, decision-making, expert performance


Recent PhD student supervision

Jake Butterworth (September 2015 – September 2019)Regulating exercise behaviour through interoceptive and exteroceptive feedback
Will Abbott (January 2015 – May, 2019)

GPS tracking to monitor and prescribe training loads for 
academy football players

James Wrightson (September 2011 – 2016)The effects of current stimulation transcranial direct stimulation applied during virtual reality exercise training
Karl Stevenson (2008 – 2016)Assessing the ecological validity of an anticipation skill test in cricket batting
Daniel Wilkinson (2008 – 2012)The effects of hyperammonia on cerebral physiology and cognitive function

Research interests

External positions

Lab Director, Expertise and Cognitive Neuroscience Science Laboratory

Chairperson, Expertise and Skill Acquiisition Network

Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychology, Movement Science and Sport Psychology

Consulting Editor, Human Movement Science

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Research Output 2002 2019

Attention, perception, and action in a simulated decision-making task

Smeeton, N., Ford, P. R. & Varga, M., 5 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Decision Making
Visual Fields

Color perception and attentional load in dynamic, time-constrained environments

Hüttermann, S., Smeeton, N. J., Ford, P. R. & Mark Williams, A., 8 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 2614.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Color Perception
Decision Making
Color Vision

An individual approach to monitoring locomotive training load in English Premier League academy soccer players

Abbott, W., Brickley, G. & Smeeton, N. J., 13 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 13, 3, p. 421-428 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Disguise and deception of action outcomes through sports garment design impair anticipation judgments

Smeeton, N. J., Varga, M., Causer, J. & Williams, A. M., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 40, 2, p. 73-81 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Individualizing Acceleration in English Premier League Academy Soccer Players

Abbott, W., Brickley, G., Smeeton, N. J. & Mills, S., 1 Dec 2018, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 32, 12, p. 3503-3510 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Geographic Information Systems

Activities 2004 2019

The role of interoception on exercise behaviour

Nicholas Smeeton (Supervisor), Hugo Critchley (Supervisor), Jeanne Dekerle (Supervisor)
2018 → …

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Representative task design in cricket batting

Nicholas Smeeton (Supervisor), Neil Maxwell (Supervisor), William Filby (Supervisor)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

Evaluation of UK Talent Advisory Service

Gary Brickley (Consultant), Nicholas Smeeton (Consultant), Neil Maxwell (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy

Brecon Beacons Expedition

Neil Maxwell (Organiser), Alan Richardson (Organiser), Mark Hayes (Organiser), Nicholas Smeeton (Organiser)
2004 → …

Activity: EventsEvent