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Dr Jamie Poolton


Dr Jamie Poolton
Contact Details
Dr Jamie Poolton

Senior Lecturer

Carnegie School Of Sport

0113 81 23557 J.Poolton@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Jamie Poolton

Jamie aims to inform the practice of optimising skill acquisition. His research has captured expert performance characteristics, investigated skill failure and examined alternative skill learning interventions. The findings are discussed across our Sports Coaching degrees and with our external partners.

Jamie holds an Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Birmingham and a PhD from The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Before arriving at Leeds Beckett in 2014, Jamie was Assistant Director of HKU's Institute of Human Performance and Assistant Professor of Skill Learning and Expert Performance. Jamie has established links with internationally excellent and world-leading research groups in the field of skill acquisition.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate (BSc):

  • Practical Coaching Pedagogy
  • Analysis and Acquisition of Skill
  • Research Methods in Sports Coaching
  • Advances in Analysis and Acquisition of Skill
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate (MSc):

  • Optimising Learning and Development
  • Major Independent Study

Research Interests

In pursuit of informing the practice of optimising skill acquisition and performance, Jamie's research activity has concentrated on understanding the dynamics of perceptual-cognitive-motor performance and investigating the mechanisms underpinning sub-standard performance (skill failure), in order to develop skill learning interventions that promote resilient perceptual-motor skills. The work is informed by theories/models of implicit learning, reinvestment, attentional control, ecological dynamics and working memory.

The work readily transfers across domains, including sport, education, special populations and surgery, heightening the potential for real-world impact. The practical utility of the research is regularly discussed with both the next and current generation of professional coach practitioners studying our Sports Coaching degrees, national and international governing bodies of sport, physical and surgical educators and research teams across the Carnegie School of Sport.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (30)

  • Alder DB; Broadbent D; Poolton J (In press), Combining perceptual-cognitive skills training with physiological stress combats the detrimental effects on the efficiency and effectiveness of anticipatory judgements in badminton. Journal of Sports Sciences
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  • Capio CM; Poolton JM; Eguia KF; Choi CSY; Masters RSW (2017), Movement pattern components and mastery of an object control skill with error-reduced learning: Brief report. Developmental Neurorehabilitation
    https://doi.org/10.3109/17518423.2016.1140844
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  • Poolton JM; Zhu FF; Malhotra N; Leung GKK; Fan JKM; Masters RSW (2016), Multitask training promotes automaticity of a fundamental laparoscopic skill without compromising the rate of skill learning. Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 30 (9), p. 4011-4018.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-015-4713-9
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  • (2016)Gaze-contingent training enhances perceptual skill acquisition. Journal of vision, vol. 16 (2)
    https://doi.org/10.1167/16.2.2
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  • Zhu F; Yeung AY; Poolton JM; Lee MC; Leung KK; Masters RSW (2015), Cathodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Over Left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Area Promotes Implicit Motor Learning in a Golf Putting Task.. Brain Stimulation
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2015.02.005
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  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Leung G; Zhu F; Fan JKM; Masters RSW (2015), Exploring personality dimensions that influence practice and performance of a simulated laparoscopic task in the objective structured clinical examination. Journal of Surgical Education, vol. 72 (4), p. 662-669.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.12.011
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  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Uiga L; Masters RSW (2015), Examining movement-specific reinvestment and performance in demanding contexts. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, vol. 37 (3), p. 327-338.
    https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2014-0220
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  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Masters RSW (2015), An implicit bias in error management?. Annals of Surgery, vol. 261 (2)
    https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000000562
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  • Ryu D; Abernethy B; Mann DL; Poolton JM (2015), The contributions of central and peripheral vision to expertise in basketball: How blur helps to provide a clearer picture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 41 (1), p. 167-185.
    https://doi.org/10.1037/a0038306
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  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Omuro S; Masters RSW (2014), Dimensions of Movement-Specific Reinvestment in Practice of a Golf Putting Task. Psychology of Sport & Exercise
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  • Ryu D; Abernethy B; Mann DL; Poolton JM (2014), The contributions of central and peripheral vision to expertise in basketball: How blur helps to provide a clearer picture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Masters RSW (2014), An implicit bias in error management?. Annals of Surgery
    https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000000562
  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Fan JKM; Masters RSW (2014), Conscious motor processing and movement self-consciousness: Two dimensions of personality that influence laparoscopic training. Journal of Surgical Education, vol. 71 (6), p. 798-804.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.04.003
  • Shim J; Der Kamp JV; Rigby BR; Lutz R; Poolton JM; Masters RSW (2014), Taking aim at the müller-lyer goalkeeper illusion: An illusion bias in action that originates from the target not being optically specified. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, vol. 40 (3), p. 1274-1281.
    https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036256
  • Zhu FF; Poolton JM; Maxwell JP; Fan JKM; Leung GKK; Masters RSW (2014), Refining the continuous tracking paradigm to investigate implicit motor learning. Experimental Psychology, vol. 61 (3), p. 196-204.
    https://doi.org/10.1027/1618-3169/a000239
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  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Fan JKM; Masters RSW (2014), Conscious Motor Processing and Movement Self-Consciousness: Two Dimensions of Personality That Influence Laparoscopic Training. Journal of Surgical Education
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.04.003
  • Ryu D; Abernethy B; Mann DL; Poolton JM; Gorman AD (2013), The role of central and peripheral vision in expert decision making. Perception, vol. 42 (6), p. 591-607.
    https://doi.org/10.1068/p7487
  • Capio CM; Poolton JM; Sit CHP; Eguia KF; Masters RSW (2013), Reduction of errors during practice facilitates fundamental movement skill learning in children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol. 57 (4), p. 295-305.
    https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01535.x
  • Malhotra N; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Ngo K; Masters RSW (2012), Conscious monitoring and control (reinvestment) in surgical performance under pressure. Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 26 (9), p. 2423-2429.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-012-2193-8
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  • Poolton JM; Chan MS; Masters RSW (2011), The home team advantage gives football referees something to ruminate about. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, vol. 6
  • Koedijker JM; Poolton JM; Maxwell JP; Oudejans RRD; Beek PJ; Masters RSW (2011), Attention and time constraints in perceptual-motor learning and performance: Instruction, analogy, and skill level. Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 20 (2), p. 245-256.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2010.08.002
  • Zhu FF; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Maxwell JP; Masters RSW (2011), Neural co-activation as a yardstick of implicit motor learning and the propensity for conscious control of movement. Biological Psychology, vol. 87 (1), p. 66-73.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.02.004
  • Zhu FF; Poolton JM; Wilson MR; Hu Y; Maxwell JP; Masters RSW (2011), Implicit motor learning promotes neural efficiency during laparoscopy. Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 25 (9), p. 2950-2955.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-011-1647-8
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  • Masters RSW; Poolton JM; van der Kamp J (2010), Regard and perceptions of size in soccer: Better is bigger. Perception, vol. 39 (9), p. 1290-1295.
    https://doi.org/10.1068/p6746
  • Masters RSW; Poolton JM; Maxwell JP (2008), Stable implicit motor processes despite aerobic locomotor fatigue. Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 17 (1), p. 335-338.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2007.03.009
  • Masters RSW; Poolton JM; Maxwell JP; Raab M (2008), Implicit motor learning and complex decision making in time-constrained environments. Journal of Motor Behavior, vol. 40 (1), p. 71-79.
    https://doi.org/10.3200/JMBR.40.1.71-80
  • Poolton JM; Zachry TL (2007), So you want to learn implicitly? Coaching and learning through implicit motor learning techniques. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching(2), p. 67-78.
  • Poolton JM; Masters RSW; Maxwell JP (2007), Passing thoughts on the evolutionary stability of implicit motor behaviour: Performance retention under physiological fatigue. Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 16 (2), p. 456-468.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2006.06.008
  • Poolton JM; Maxwell JP; Masters RSW; Raab M (2006), Benefits of an external focus of attention: Common coding or conscious processing?. Journal of Sports Sciences, vol. 24 (1), p. 89-99.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02640410500130854
  • Poolton JM; Masters RSW; Maxwell JP (2005), The relationship between initial errorless learning conditions and subsequent performance. Human Movement Science, vol. 24 (3), p. 362-378.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2005.06.006

Chapters (1)

  • Masters RSW; Poolton JM (2012) Advances in implicit motor learning. In: Masters RSW; Poolton JM Skill Acquisition in Sport: Research, Theory and Practice. : , pp. .
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