Professor Rich Masters

Rich Masters

Deputy Dean (Research & Graduate Studies)

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

About Rich

I am Professor of Human Movement Psychology in Te Huataki Waiora School of Health. 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

  • Malhotra, N., Ng, J. L., Chow, J. Y., & Masters, R. S. W. (2022). Developing a skill acquisition framework for youth sport in Singapore. Asian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1016/j.ajsep.2022.04.002

  • Park, S. H., Uiga, L., & Masters, R. S. W. (2022). Crowd reception influences avoidance behavior during football penalty-kicks, but you wouldn't know it: A retrospective analysis of professional games. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 61. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102169

  • 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

  • Capio, C. M., Lee, K., Jones, R. A., & Masters, R. S. W. (2021). Examining the Antecedent Role of Movement Proficiency in Child Development: Study Protocol. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2021.678874

Find more research publications by Rich Masters


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