Oliver Runswick

Oliver Runswick


  • Senior Lecturer in Performance Psychology Education, Psychology
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    Research interests

    Ollie is co-lead of the Basic Psychological Science Research Theme, and his academic interests focus on applied research under four main themes of exercise and cognition, perceptual-cognitive skill, applied vision, and motor learning and control. This work is often underpinned by applications of new technology, such as virtual reality, to enhance learning and performance. Ollie applies his work in a variety of domains including sport, education, military, and clinical populations and is experienced in delivering consultancy and contract research in these areas.

    Ollie currently supervises PhD students working on: 

    • Vision in medical decision making
    • Classification in athletes with vision impairment.
    • Visual exploratory activity in women’s football.
    • Motivation and cognitive load in learning complex motor skills. 
    • Definition, measurement, and training of efficient movement in dance. 

    Other primary research interests and areas for supervision include: 

    • Applications of virtual reality in sport and exercise. 
    • Cognitive training and performance. 
    • Motor learning and control.

    Biographical details

    Ollie joined King’s College London in January 2020 to develop modules in performance psychology and expertise for the BSc Psychology and BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences courses. 

    Ollie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Chartered Psychologist, and BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist. He is also an Associate Editor at the European Journal of Sport Science, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Sport Sciences, and a member of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network’s committee. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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