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I am an Associate Professor in the School of Applied Sciences. I joined LSBU in 2011, having previously worked as a researcher in both Psychology and in Human Movement Science at Royal Holloway University of London, the German Sport University, and the VU University Amsterdam. I teach mainly on Sport Sciences courses .

I am passionate about Perception-Action from an Ecological Psychology perspective (ie, the environment is plentiful in information inviting and guiding certain behaviours/actions). I’m particularly interested in how athletes use vision to guide their actions but my research also focusses on what environments invite people to be active.

My recent research projects include:

- Visual training in basketball shooting

- Multitasking

- Perceptual-motor recalibration (how the perceptual and the motor systems re-align following a disturbance to one or both systems);

- Adherence to physical activity (what environmental and personal factors can help people to engage with physical activity)

I'm the General Secretary for the European Federation of Sport Psychology and a member of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences' Public Advisory Board.

Courses taught

Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Human Performance Science - Msc

Human Sciences - PhD

Sports Coaching and Analysis - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Ms Clare PopeDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Miss Milou Tessa BrandStepping into recalibration: an exploration of age-related effectsPhD
Miss Zsofia Eva Szekeres“Getting the old limbs going”: Exploring the emotional and cognitive benefits of exercise and the barriers to participation in older adults PhD
Ms Reisha Edith Matilda HullThis girl can: an ecological approach to investigating physical activity in urban femalesPhD
Laura BroekerPhD
PhD

VU University Amsterdam

2003
2007
MSc Sport Psychology

University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics

2000
2003
MSc Sport Sciences (with Physical Education)

University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics

1995
2000
Lecturer/ Researcher
German Sport University, Cologne

2008
2011
Education
Postdoctoral Researcher
Royal Holloway University of London

2008
2011
Education
Rsearch Assistant
VU University Amsterdam

Complete doctoral studies

2003
2007
Education
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
Eye Tracking Project ConsultancyEye Tracking Project ConsultancyPrincipal InvestigatorKantar PublicOPEN In preparationSep 2022
European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)
2019
British Association of Sport and Exercise Science
2020
British Psychological Association
2011

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2021

Associate editor
2021

Switch rates vary due to expected payoff but not due to individual risk tendency.
Broeker, L., Johnson, J.G., de Oliveira, R.F., Ewolds, H.E., Künzell, S. and Raab, M. (2022). Switch rates vary due to expected payoff but not due to individual risk tendency. Acta psychologica. 224, p. 103521. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103521

Cultural intelligence in sport: An examination of football coaches’ cross-cultural training needs
Borges, M., Rosado, A., Lobinger, B., Freitas, F and De Oliveira, R. (2022). Cultural intelligence in sport: An examination of football coaches’ cross-cultural training needs. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12662-022-00825-y

This Girl Can, can't she? Perspectives from exercise providers and participants on what factors influence participation  
Hull, R., Zaidell, L., Mileva, K. and De Oliveira, R. (2021). This Girl Can, can't she? Perspectives from exercise providers and participants on what factors influence participation  . Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 57, p. 102043. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.102043

Ways to Improve Multitasking: Effects of Predictability after Single- and Dual-Task Training.
Ewolds, H., Broeker, L., de Oliveira, R.F., Raab, M. and Künzell, S. (2021). Ways to Improve Multitasking: Effects of Predictability after Single- and Dual-Task Training. Journal of Cognition. 4 (1), p. 4. https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.142

The impact of predictability on dual-task performance and implications for resource-sharing accounts.
Broeker, L., Ewolds, Harald, de Oliveira, Rita F, Künzell, Stefan and Raab, Markus (2021). The impact of predictability on dual-task performance and implications for resource-sharing accounts. Cognitive research: principles and implications. 6 (1), p. 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-020-00267-w

Portuguese football coaches’ migration: Patterns and networks in 2009-2013
Borges, M., Freitas, F., Rosado, A. and De Oliveira, R. (2020). Portuguese football coaches’ migration: Patterns and networks in 2009-2013. Sociología del Deporte. 1 (2), pp. 37-48. https://doi.org/10.46661/socioldeporte.5098

Additive Effects of Prior Knowledge and Predictive Visual Information in Improving Continuous Tracking Performance.
Broeker, L., Ewolds, H., de Oliveira, Rita F, Künzell, S. and Raab, Markus (2020). Additive Effects of Prior Knowledge and Predictive Visual Information in Improving Continuous Tracking Performance. Journal of Cognition. 3 (1), p. 40. https://doi.org/10.5334/joc.130

No impact of instructions and feedback on task integration in motor learning
Ewolds, H, Broeker, L, De Oliveira, Rita, Raab, M and Kunzell, S (2020). No impact of instructions and feedback on task integration in motor learning. Memory & Cognition. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-020-01094-6

Preface to the Special Issue: 50 years of FEPSAC
Elbe, A-M, Bertollo, M, Debois, N, De Oliveira, R, Fritsch, J, Hatzigeorgiadis, A, Moesch, K, Raab, M, Sanchez, X and Vaisetaite, L (2018). Preface to the Special Issue: 50 years of FEPSAC. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 42, pp. 5-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.09.009

Recalibration in functional perceptual-motor tasks: A systematic review.
Brand, MT and de Oliveira, RF (2017). Recalibration in functional perceptual-motor tasks: A systematic review. Human Movement Science. 56 (Pt B), pp. 54-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2017.10.020

Task Integration Facilitates Multitasking
de Oliveira, RF, Raab, M, Hegele, M and Schorer, J (2017). Task Integration Facilitates Multitasking. Frontiers in Psychology. 8, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00398

Perception, action and cognition of football referees in extreme temperatures: Impact on decision performance
Gaoua, N, de Oliveira, RF and Hunter, S (2017). Perception, action and cognition of football referees in extreme temperatures: Impact on decision performance. Frontiers in Psychology. 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01479

The organisation of working memory networks is shaped by early sensory experience
Cardin, V, Rudner, M, de Oliveira, RF, Andin, J, Beese, L, Woll, B and Rönnberg, J (2017). The organisation of working memory networks is shaped by early sensory experience. Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhx222

Multitasking as a choice: a perspective
Broeker, L, Liepelt, R, Poljac, E, Künzell, S, Ewolds, H, de Oliveira, RF and Raab, M (2017). Multitasking as a choice: a perspective. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-017-0938-7

Implicit and explicit knowledge both improve dual task performance in a continuous pursuit tracking task
Ewolds, H, Broeker, L, de Oliveira, RF, Raab, M and Künzell, S (2017). Implicit and explicit knowledge both improve dual task performance in a continuous pursuit tracking task. Frontiers in Psychology. 8, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02241

Body-scaled information for affordances in a virtual environment
de Oliveira, RF, Coelho, T and Rybarczyk, Y (2016). Body-scaled information for affordances in a virtual environment. XXI National Congress of the Italian Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Bologna, Italy 27 - 29 May 2016

Effect of avatars and viewpoints on performance in virtual world: efficiency vs. telepresence
Rybarczyk, Y, Coelho, T, Cardoso, T and de Oliveira, RF (2014). Effect of avatars and viewpoints on performance in virtual world: efficiency vs. telepresence. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies. 14 (1), pp. 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.4108/ct.1.1.e4

Coaches’ migration: a qualitative analysis of recruitment, motivations and experiences
Borges, M, Rosado, A, de Oliveira, RF and Freitas, F (2014). Coaches’ migration: a qualitative analysis of recruitment, motivations and experiences. Leisure Studies. 34 (5), pp. 588-602. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2014.939988

An adaptive toolbox approach to the route to expertise in sport.
de Oliveira, RF, Lobinger, B and Raab, M (2014). An adaptive toolbox approach to the route to expertise in sport. Frontiers in Psychology. 5, p. 709. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00709

Optimal use of visual information in adolescents and young adults with developmental coordination disorder
De Oliveira, R., Billington, J. and Wann, J.P. (2014). Optimal use of visual information in adolescents and young adults with developmental coordination disorder. Experimental Brain Research. 232, pp. 2989-2995. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-014-3983-0

Coaches’ Immigration to the United Kingdom: What do Foreign and Native Coaches think about migration
Sain, A., Borges, M. and De Oliveira, R. (2022). Coaches’ Immigration to the United Kingdom: What do Foreign and Native Coaches think about migration. Sociología del Deporte. 3 (1), pp. 13-26. https://doi.org/10.46661/socioldeporte.6430