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Research interests

David’s research focuses on the psychology of movement, sport and exercise.  In particular: the role of attention and motivation in motor skill learning and execution, psychological factors associated with force production and tolerance of exercise (e.g., deception, feedback, encouragement, mental fatigue, social and physical environment), and the relationship between physical exercise and cognition (e.g., decision making and memory).


David leads the undergraduate BSc (Hons) sports and exercise psychology programme across the Department of Sport and Physical Activity and the Department of Psychology.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Hull

… → 2006

Psychology, MSc, Teesside University


Psychology, BSc, Teesside University

… → 2000

Other positions

University of Hull


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Research Output 2006 2020

The Influence of External Focus Instruction Characteristics on Children’s Motor Performance

Marchant, D., Griffiths, G., Partridge, J., Belsley, L. & Porter, J., 26 Sep 2018, In : Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motor Skills
Internal-External Control
57 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Internal-External Control

The Role of Executive Function in the Self-Regulation of Endurance Performance: A Critical Review

Hyland-Monks, R., Cronin, L., McNaughton, L. & Marchant, D., 17 Oct 2018, Progress in Brain Research. Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part C. Marcora, S. & Sarkar, M. (eds.). Elsevier, Vol. 240. (Sport and the Brain).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Executive Function
Prefrontal Cortex
Decision Making
7 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

Investigating the relationship between cognitions, pacing strategies and performance in 16.1 km cycling time trials using a think aloud protocol

Whitehead, A. E., Jones, H. S., Rowley, C., Quayle, L., Marchant, D. & Polman, R. C., 6 Oct 2017, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 34, p. 95-109

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Heart Rate
1 Citation (Scopus)
87 Downloads (Pure)

The Presence of Spotters Improves Bench Press Performance: A Deception Study

Sheridan, A., Marchant, D., Williams, E., Jones, H., Hewitt, PA. & Sparks, A., 24 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Self Efficacy
Weights and Measures


Eye-Hand Coordination: An Exploration of Measurement and Different Training Methods Using the SVT

Author: ELLISON, P., 17 Jun 2015

Supervisor: MARCHANT, D. (Director of Studies), MURPHY, P. (Supervisor) & Sparks, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Effects of Deception on Pacing Strategy, Perceptional Responses and Performance during Cycling Time Trials

Author: JONES, H., 17 Jun 2015

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies), MARCHANT, D. (Supervisor), BRIDGE, C. (Supervisor) & MIDGLEY, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Influence of Competitor Presence on Pacing Regulation and Performance during Cycling Time Trials

Author: WILLIAMS, E., 17 Jun 2015

Supervisor: MCNAUGHTON, L. (Director of Studies), MARCHANT, D. (Supervisor), Sparks, A. (Supervisor) & MIDGLEY, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis