Perception and Action In Sport
Our approach to studying decision making in sport breaks from convention. To try and study the dynamics of decision-making, namely how perceptual based information influences our decisions about when and how to act, we are using immersive, interactive virtual reality. This allows us to simulate real-life scenarios that are fully immersive and interactive yet allow us to precisely control the information presented in the environment. By recording the behavioural responses of the players in real time as an event unfolds we can see how perception influences decisions about when and how to act.
These developments have allowed us to study deceptive movement in rugby (PhD Sebastien Brault), judging the passability of a gap between two defenders (PhD Gareth Watson) and online decision making (PhD Vanda Correia). Ulster Rugby have provided invaluable support for this work in giving us access to elite players so that we can also study the effects of expertise. You can read more about the specific work in rugby.
We are also continuing to look at curved free kicks in soccer, focusing on how ball trajectory influences movement and strategies that experts use to intercept such balls. An outline of the work can be read here.Return to Top