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Research area(s)

  • Sport Psychology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Expertise

Research Interests

The broad focus of David's research interest is on expert performance in a range of domains. David has conducted research examining the characteristics which underpin expert performance with regards to motor and perceptual-cognitive skills and also the psychological attributes which underpin expertise such as performance under pressure. Moreover, David has examined how to expediate skill acquisition in order to attain expertise. To investigate these questions David has used a variety of measures and techniques such as eye-tracking technology, video simulations, questionnaires, performance analysis, neuroscientific measures (e.g. electroencephalography [EEG]), and behavioural responses (e.g. decision time).

Research supervision

PhD Students:

Viktor Gredin (second supervisor): The Integration of Explicit Contextual Priors and Visual Information During Action Anticipation in Soccer

Emma Jane McLoughlin (primary supervisor): The characteristics of Decision Making in Gaelic Football


Psychological predictors of injuries in Badminton
Funder: Badminton World Federation
Duration: October 2018 - October 2019

Research project(s) and grant(s)

In 2017, David was awarded the Brunel Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF) Award for a project titled 'The impact of contextual priors and anxiety on performance effectivness and processing efficiency in anticipatory judgements'.

David has been a part of multiple successful projects funded by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). In 2014/15 the BWF funded a project led by Dr Paul Ford at Liverpool John Moores University on the 'Development and professional activities of elite badminton players' in which David was a research assitant ( In 2015/16, David was the Co-Investigator on a project with Dr David Alder at Leeds Beckett University titled 'Quantifying the role of anticipation in badminton during competition' ( In 2016/17, as part of a collaborative project with Leeds Beckett University, David was an external advisor on a successful grant application titled 'The impact of physiological stress on perception and selection in a video-based badminton-anticipation task'. In 2018/19, David was the principal investigator on a successful grant application titled 'Psychological predictors of injury in Badminton'.

Conference Presentations and Awards

David has presented at a number of international conferences (see below):

Broadbent, D. P., Gredin, N. V., Rye, J., Williams, A. M, & Bishop, D. T. (2017). The impact of probabilistic information and anxiety on performance effectiveness and processing efficiencies in a soccer-based anticipation task. Symposium: 7th annual ESAN Congress in association with BASES. 24-25 May 2017.)

Broadbent, D. P., Williams, A. M., O’Hara, D. A., Murphy, C. Ford, P. R., & Causer, J. (2016).The role of sequences in anticipation training. (Symposium: NASPSPA 2016 Conference. 15-19 June 2016.)

Broadbent, D. P., Causer, J., Williams, A. M., & Ford, P. R. (2015). The role of cognitive effort and error processing in the contextual interference effect during perceptual-cognitive skills training. (Symposium: NASPSPA 2015 Conference. 4-7 June 2015.)

Broadbent, D. P., Causer, J., Ford, P. R., & Williams, A. M. (2014). Contextual interference and cognitive effort in perceptual-cognitive skills training. (Symposium: 19th annual ECSS Congress. 2-5 July 2014.)

Broadbent, D. P., Causer, J., Ford, P. R., & Williams, A. M. (2013). Contextual interference effect in perceptual-cognitive skills training. (Symposium: 18th annual ECSS Congress. 26-29 June 2013.)


Young Investigators Award at the 18th Annual European College of Sport Science (ECSS) conference in 2013.

Student Award at the 6th Annual Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN) conference in 2013