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). Conscious processing and rowing: a field study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2021.1891122

  • 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

  • El‐Kishawi, M., Khalaf, K., Masters, R., & Winning, T. (2020). Effect of errorless learning on the acquisition of fine motor skills in pre‐clinical endodontics. Australian Endodontic Journal. doi:10.1111/aej.12464

  • Capio, C. M., Uiga, L., Lee, M. H., & Masters, R. S. W. (2020). Application of analogy learning in softball batting: Comparing novice and intermediate players. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 9(3), 357-370. doi:10.1037/spy0000181

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