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Dr Oliver Runswick

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Skill Acquisition)

o.runswick@chi.ac.uk | 01243816353

 

Oliver is as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Skill Acquisition) and Programme Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching.

Oliver's research interests focus on cognitive and vision science applied in sport and a variety of other domains. He is part of the Optimising Cognitive Performance theme within the Occupational Performance Research Group and is a visiting researcher at St Mary’s University with the Expert Performance and Skill Acquisition Research Group. Oliver is currently funded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) to conduct research on sport-specific classification for IBSA Football 5-a-side, focusing on setting the minimum impairment criteria.

Oliver has previously worked as an Evening Lecturer in ‘The Brain: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience’ at Imperial College London and as a Graduate Assistant Lecturer at St Mary’s University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network’s conference committee.

Outside of work, Oliver spends time playing cricket and golf, and skiing in the winter. He enjoys live music and travelling whenever he can.

Education

2010 - 2013: Swansea University. BSc (Hons) Sports Science

2013 – 2014: Delft University of Technology. Minor – Special Topics in Sports Engineering

2013 - 2014: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. MSc Human Movement Sciences

2015 - 2016: St Mary’s University. PG Cert Academic Practice (Higher Education)

2015 - 2018: St Mary’s University. PhD - (Awarded by Liverpool Hope University)

Professional

Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (SPL134)

This module aims to introduce students to the diverse areas of psychology that they will meet on their degree programme at levels five and six, whether in the context of sport performance, health and wellbeing, or skill acquisition and coaching.

 

Acquired Skilled Performance (SDM411)

This module examines the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport. Students are introduced to selected theories from the psychology literature and encouraged to critically evaluate their application within the coaching context. Research findings will be used to help students make the connections to their responsibilities as sports coaches.

 

Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance (SPL231)

Cognitive psychology is the study of the basic processes underpinning our interaction with the world. These processes include perception, attention, memory and learning. Within the sporting domain, a knowledge of cognitive psychology can promote the efficient acquisition, and effective performance of skill among athletes at all stages of skill development. This module critically examines the strengths and weakness of theory and research concerning the cognitive processes that underpin the acquisition and performance of skill to enable you to become a more effective practitioner, whether as a trainee sport psychologist, a sport scientist, or a coach.

 

Motor Learning and Control (MScPS01)

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the process of motor control and learning within both individual and team sports. Sporting excellence is a product of a rich developmental history. This module attempts to identify the key factors responsible for the development of expertise, and to explore the scope for the coach and the learner to enhance the learning process through ensuring practice quality. 

Publications

Articles:

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2018). Why do bad balls get wickets? The role of congruent and incongruent information in anticipation. Journal of Sports Sciences.  doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2018.1514165

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2018). The temporal integration of information during anticipation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.05.001

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., Bezodis, N, E., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2018). The impact of contextual information and a secondary task on anticipation performance: An interpretation using Cognitive Load Theory. Applied Cognitive Psychology. DOI 10.1002/acp.338 

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., Bezodis, N, E., & North, J.S. (2017). The effects of anxiety and situation-specific context on perceptual-motor skill: A multi-level investigation. Psychological Research. DOI 10.1007/s00426-017-0856-8

Runswick, O. R., & Gissane, C. (2017). How to present your data I: Graphs. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 38, 127-135. DOI:10.3233/PPR-170096

Gissane, C., & Runswick, O. R. (2017). How to present your data II: Tables. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 38, 137-139. DOI:10.3233/PPR-170097

Mann, D. L., Runswick, O. R., & Allen, P. M. (2016). Hand and Eye Dominance in Sport: Are Cricket Batters Taught to Bat Back-to-Front? Sports Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-0516-y *Co-first author

Edited Works Contributions:

Mann, D. L., Causer, J., Nakamoto, H., & Runswick, O. R. (In Press). Visual search behaviors in expert perceptual judgements. In Williams, A. M. & Jackson, R.C (Eds), Perception and Decision Making in Sport: Theories and Applications.  

Conference Presentations:

2018

North, J. N., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C. P., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C., & Roca, A. (2018) The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2018.1522683

Simonet, M., Runswick, O. R., North, J. S., Williams, A. M., & Roca, A. (2018). An EEG investigation of the neural correlates underlying the processing of kinematic and contextual information during anticipation in cricket batting. ECSS 2018

–Dublin, Ireland.

Simonet, M., Runswick, O. R., North, J. S., Williams, A. M., & Roca, A. (2018). The neural correlates underlying the use of contextual and kinematic information processes during anticipation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40, S1.

NASPSPA 2018 – Denver, USA.

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2018). Why do bad balls get wickets? The role of congruent and incongruent information in anticipation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40, S1. NASPSPA

2018 – Denver, USA.

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2018). The temporal integration of information during anticipation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40, S1. NASPSPA 2018 Denver, USA.

Runswick, O. R. (2018). Eye tracking for occupational physiology. International Occupational Physiology Researcher Development Day, University of Chichester, Chichester, UK.

Runswick, O. R., Birch, P., Smith, M., & Jewiss, M. (2018). Do challenge and threat states predict student  performance in academic tasks? University of Chichester Learning and Teaching Conference, Chichester, UK. 

Runswick, O. R. (2018). Applying CogSci in the learning and performance of perceptual-motor skills. CogSciSci - Brunel University, London, UK.

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., Bezodis, N, E., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. (2017) Contextual information in anticipation performance: A novel test of Cognitive Load Theory. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39, S180.

NASPSPA 2017 – San Diego, USA.

North, J.S., Warren, S., Runswick, O. R. (2017). Errorless learning and analogy instruction: Comparing Implicit learning methods. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39, S168. NASPSPA 2017 – San Diego, USA.

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., Bezodis, N, E., McRobert, A., & North, J. S. Contextual information in anticipation performance: A novel test of Cognitive Load Theory. ESAN 2017 – Coventry

North, J. N., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C. P., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C., & Roca, A. The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. ESAN 2017 – Coventry

Runswick, O. R., Roca, A., Williams, A. M., & North, J. S. (2016) The effects of anxiety and situation-specific context on perceptual-motor skill: A multi-level investigation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S104-104. NASPSPA 2016 Montreal, Canada.

Mann, D. L., Runswick, O. R., & Allen, P. M. Cricket batsmen may have been batting back-to-front since the invention of the game. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S87-88. NASPSPA 2016 – Montreal, Canada.

Research

Oliver's research is focused on testing cognitive theory to investigate skilled anticipation and decision-making, the performance of perceptual-motor skills, and the design of optimum training environments. Other current research interests include laterality in skill development and fundamental motor learning. Oliver acts as a peer reviewer for both psychology and sports science journals including: Acta Psychologica, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Cognition an Emotion, Frontiers in Psychology, Human Movement Science, International Journal of Sport Psychology, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Psychological Research, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, and Sports Medicine.

Oliver has spent time communicating research in gaze behaviour in cricket batting through the media outlets such as BBC Breakfast, BBC iWonder and BBC Test Match Special.

Membership

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

ECB Coaching Association