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

  • Sit, C. H. P., Yu, J. J., Wong, S. H. S., Capio, C. M., & Masters, R. (2019). A school-based physical activity intervention for children with developmental coordination disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 89, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2019.03.004

  • 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

  • Buszard, T., & Masters, R. S. W. (2018). Adapting, correcting and sequencing movements: does working-memory capacity play a role?. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11(1), 258-278. doi:10.1080/1750984X.2017.1323940

  • Uiga, L., Capio, C. M., Ryu, D., Young, W. R., Wilson, M. R., Wong, T. W. L., . . . Masters, R. S. W. (2018). The role of movement-specific reinvestment in visuomotor control of walking by older adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. doi:10.1093/geronb/gby078

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

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Masters, Prof Rich 6206 rmasters TT.7.09A School of Health, Sport and Human Perfor

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