Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology
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Research Group and Institute
- Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Movement Research Group
Dr Paul Ellison is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology at the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, England. His main research areas are Skill Acquisition and Visual Perception and Action in Sport, focusing on how information is perceived by the human visual system and how it is employed to support actions in a sporting context.
He is a member of the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Movement Group at Edge Hill. The primary research areas are:
- Skill Aquisition
- Exercise Psychology
- Sport Psychology
- Life Skills Development
Paul is Module Leader for Fundamental Sport and Exercise Psychology and Skill Acquisition in Sport at the University. From an applied perspective he has worked with a range of teams providing Sport Science support, notably within English Premiership Football; Women’s International U-19 Football; English Division 2 Football; GB Equestrian Development Team; GB Taekwondo Team; Engage Super League (Rugby League); Maccabi GB Futsal Team; and Skill Acquisition support for a local table tennis club.
Paul is a member of the following committees at EHU:
Departmental member of the Research Committee
Departmental member of the Ethics Committee
Sport and Exercise Science member on the Student Attainment and Academic Performance Committee
Paul’s main research areas are Skill Acquisition and Visual Perception and Action in Sport, focusing on how information is perceived by the human visual system and how it is employed to support actions in a sporting context. Currently he is an integral member of a research team investigating two interrelated themes:
- Variables influencing effective movement execution (e.g., attentional focus, visual information processing, eye-hand coordination, feedback, competitive environments, imagery)
- The psychological benefits of sport and exercise participation (e.g., life skill development, cognition, memory and mental health).
Paul’s external engagement activities include:
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2010 -)
- Essential skills and Aquisition Network (special interest group of the BPS) (2013 -)
- European College of Sport Science (2018 -)
- British Psychological Society: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2010 – 2016)
- Vitae Member (2010 – 2015)
- MARCHANT, D.C., CARNEGIE, E., WOOD, G AND ELLISON, P.H. 2018. Influence of visual illusion and attentional focusing instruction in motor performance. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1441165 https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1441165
- ELLISON, P.H., SPARKS, A. KEARNEY, P., MURPHY, P. MARCHANT, D. 2017. Further evidence against eye-hand coordination as a general ability. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. 0 (0)pp.1-7.
- BOYA, M., FOULSHAM, T., HETTINGA, F., WILLIAMS, E., JONES, H., SPARKS, A., ELLISON, P., BRIDGE, C., MCNAUGHTON, L., AND MICKLEWRIGHT, D. (2017) ‘Information acquisition differences of experienced and novice time trial cyclists’. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Vol 49 (9) pp. 1884-1898.
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- ELLISON, P.H., SPARKS, S.A., CARNEGIE, E., MURPHY, P., AND MARCHANT, D. (2014) ‘Determining eye-hand co-ordination using the sport vision trainer (SVT™): an evaluation of test-retest reliability’, Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal. Vol, 22 (1) pp. 36-48. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15438627.2013.852090 doi: 10.1080/15438627.2013.852090.
- PHIL KEARNEY, DAVID MARCHANT AND PAUL ELLISON (2013) ‘Conference Review 4th Annual Meeting of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network’. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. Vol 9 (2) September.