Dr David Marchant

Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Research Group and Institute

  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group


David Marchant is Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.  He also leads the undergraduate BSc (Hons) sports and exercise psychology programme across the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and the Department of Psychology.

He joined Edge Hill University in 2007 having worked at the University of Hull (2005-2007). He was awarded his PhD from the University of Hull in 2006 having completed his MSc (2001) and BSc in Psychology (2000) at the University of Teesside.


David’s research focuses on the psychology of movement, sport and exercise.  In particular: the role of attention and motivation in motor skill learning and execution, psychological factors associated with force production and tolerance of exercise (e.g., deception, feedback, encouragement, mental fatigue, social and physical environment), and the relationship between physical exercise and cognition (e.g., decision making and memory).

External Engagement

David’s external engagement activities include:

  • Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Founder Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP)
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Human Movement and Sport Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Chartered Scientist
  • Member of British Psychological Society Funded Working Group: RESIST: Research-evaluated Endurance Strategies Intending to Support Training

Selected Publications

  • MARCHANT, D.C., CARNEGIE, E., WOOD, G. and ELLISON, P., 2018. Influence of visual illusion and attentional focusing instruction in motor performance. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2018.1441165
  • WHITEHEAD, A.E., JONES, H.S., WILLIAMS, E.L., ROWLEY, C., QUAYLE, L., MARCHANT, D. and POLMAN, R.C., 2018. Investigating the relationship between cognitions, pacing strategies and performance in 16.1 km cycling time trials using a think aloud protocol. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 34, pp.95-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.10.001
  • SHERIDAN, A., MARCHANT, D.C., WILLIAMS, E.L., JONES, H.S., HEWITT, P.A. and SPARKS, S.A., 2017. Presence of Spotters Improves Bench Press Performance: A Deception Study. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002285
  • ELLISON, P.H., KEARNEY, P.E., SPARKS, S.A., MURPHY, P.N. and MARCHANT, D.C., 2017. Further evidence against eye–hand coordination as a general ability. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. DOI: 10.1177/1747954117747132
  • MARCHANT, D.C. and GREIG, M., 2017. Attentional focusing instructions influence quadriceps activity characteristics but not force production during isokinetic knee extensions. Human movement science, 52, pp.67-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2017.01.007
  • WILLIAMS, E.L., JONES, H.S., SPARKS, S.A., MARCHANT, D.C., MIDGLEY, A.W., BRIDGE, C.A. and MCNAUGHTON, L.R., 2016. Deceptive manipulation of competitive starting strategies influences subsequent pacing, physiological status, and perceptual responses during cycling time trials. Frontiers in physiology, 7, p.536. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00536