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

  • Park, S. H., Ryu, D., Uiga, L., Masters, R., Abernethy, B., & Mann, D. L. (2019). Falling for a fake: The role of kinematic and non-kinematic information in deception detection. Perception, 48(4), 330-337. doi:10.1177/0301006619837874

  • Sherwood, S. M., Smith, T. B., & Masters, R. S. W. (2019). Decision reinvestment, pattern recall and decision making in rugby union. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 43, 226-232. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.03.002

  • Lo, E. S. C., Wong, A. W. K., Tse, A. C. Y., Ma, E. P. M., Whitehill, T. L., & Masters, R. (2019). Effects of error experience on learning to lower speech nasalance level. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28(2), 448-455. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-18-0033

  • Duijn, T. V., Thomas, S., & Masters, R. S. W. (2019). Chipping in on the role of conscious processing during children's motor learning by analogy. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. doi:10.1177/1747954119841162

Find more research publications by Rich Masters


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

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Masters, Prof Rich 6206 rmasters TT.7.09A Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health

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