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Research interests

Dr. Ford specialises in expert performance and its related-areas of skill acquisition, motor behaviour, coaching, perceptual-cognitive skill, talent identification and development, and football science. He joined University of Brighton in 2016. He has published relatively widely and continues to supervise PGR students, publish peer-review journal articles, and work on externally funded research projects.

Scholarly biography

He holds a National Teaching Fellowship from Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and High Performance Sport Accreditation (HPSA) from British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). He leads the external Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). Prior to joining University of Brighton, he worked at Liverpool John Moores University in The School of Sport and Exercise Science (2006-2016). He previously worked as a coach in a Premier League Youth Academy (2000-2009) and has since provided support to various elite sports organisations.

 

Supervisory Interests

Paul supervises PhD students investigating expert performance and its related-areas of skill acquisition, motor behaviour, coaching, perceptual-cognitive skill, talent identification and development, and football science. He is happy to be contacted by prospective students, especially those who see themselves contributing to the Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Research and Enterprise Group (SSESM) and its Expertise & Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (ExCeL).

Specific areas of interest include (and overlap between):

  • deliberate practice, early specialisation and diversification
  • practice and instruction
  • coaching behaviour and expertise
  • perceptual-cognitive skill - decision making, visual search, knowledge structures, motor skill
  • high performance sports environments
  • talent id; performance analysis 

 

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Research Output 2005 2019

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

Smeeton, N., Ford, P. R. & Varga, M., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 41, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Sports
Decision Making
Visual Fields
Athletes
Psychology

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
File
Color Perception
Color
Decision Making
Sports
Color Vision

Creative decision making and visual search behavior in skilled soccer players

Roca, A., Ford, P. R. & Memmert, D., 1 Jul 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 7, e0199381.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Soccer
decision making
Decision Making
Decision making
Aptitude

The effect of anxiety on anticipation, allocation of attentional resources, and visual search behaviours

Alder, D. B., Ford, P. R., Causer, J. & Williams, A. M., 20 Jul 2018, In : Human movement science. 61, p. 81-89 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Resource Allocation
Anxiety
Athletes
Task Performance and Analysis
Racquet Sports

The effect of a sequential structure of practice for the training of perceptual-cognitive skills in tennis

Broadbent, D. P., Ford, P., O'Hara, D. A., Williams, A. M. & Causer, J., 29 Mar 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Tennis
Biomechanical Phenomena
Research