Dr Matt Dicks
I joined the Department in 2013 from the VU University in Amsterdam, where I was working as a post-doctoral research fellow. Between 2000 and 2004, I studied both a BSc (Hons) and an MSc degree in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth. Following the completion of my MSc, I worked as a research assistant in sport psychology at the University of Chichester, before moving to New Zealand to study a PhD in skill acquisition at the University of Otago. I spent a total of 3 ½ years living in New Zealand, and a further six months as a visiting researcher at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. I returned to Europe in 2010, working as a skill acquisition/coach education lecturer in football at the German Sports University Cologne. In 2011, I was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and subsequently joined the MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam at the VU University Amsterdam. I have worked with professional sports teams and international sport organisations, most notably, in New Zealand and the Netherlands.
My primary research interests are focused on the study of interpersonal perceptual expertise and the visual control of movement. The theoretical outlook of my research is based on contemporary perspectives informed by James Gibson’s ecological approach to visual perception. Some of the projects I currently undertake include investigation of joint attention, deception, and the visual control of walking interactions.