Professor Rich Masters

Rich Masters

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Otago, MA Otago, DPhil York

About Rich

I am interested in psychological markers of the way in which people learn and perform skills. My primary area of research in implicit motor learning shows that people can learn real-life movement skills with little or no conscious access to the knowledge that underlies the skills. Important performance advantages are associated with such learning. The work crosses discipline boundaries into rehabilitation, surgery, speech sciences, movement disorders, ageing, sports sciences, psychology and developmental disorders and disabilities.

Recent Publications

  • Sparks, K. V., Kavussanu, M., Masters, R. S. W., & Ring, C. (2021). Mindfulness, reinvestment, and rowing under pressure: Evidence for moderated moderation of the anxiety-performance relationship. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 56. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101998

  • Sparks, K. V., Kavussanu, M., Masters, R. S. W., & Ring, C. (2021). The Rowing-Specific Reinvestment Scale. Journal of Sports Sciences. doi:10.1080/02640414.2021.1976489

  • Sparks, K. V., Kavussanu, M., Masters, R. S. W., & Ring, C. (2021). Conscious processing and rowing: a field study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2021.1891122

  • van Duijn, T., Button, C., & Masters, R. S. W. (2021). A Multidisciplinary Comparison of Different Techniques Among Skilled Water Treaders. Frontiers in Physiology, 12. doi:10.3389/fphys.2021.719788

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Skill acquisition, implicit motor learning, psychological and perceptual aspects of human learning and performance