Robin is a Reader in Sport Psychology, a BPS Chartered Psychologist, and HCPC registered practitioner. He joined Loughborough University in January 2016 having previously held posts at Brunel University (2001-2004; 2008-2016), the University of Hong Kong (2004-2008) and the University of Glamorgan (1996-2000).

Robin was a founder member of the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) and the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network (ESAN). His research on sport expertise focuses on attentional theories of skill failure under pressure (‘choking’) and on the perceptual-cognitive processes underlying anticipation skill.

As a practitioner, Robin worked as psychologist and performance analyst with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby for several years from its inception as a full medal Paralympic sport through two Paralympic Games, three European Championships and two World Championships.

Robin’s research focuses on: (1) perceptual-cognitive expertise – anticipation skill and susceptibility to deception, and (2) attentional processes underlying skill failure.

His research on anticipation skill aims to identify the nature of information to which experts are attuned, how this is processed, and the implications for perceiving deceptive motion. The intention of this research is to better understand the complex and dynamic relationship between a performer’s explicit knowledge (e.g., of situational probabilities) and their perceptual judgements.

Robin’s research on ‘choking’ focuses on reinvestment and attention control theories, extending predictions of the former to decision making and perceptual judgement tasks.

Robin’s research has been supported by the ESRC / Hong Kong Research Grants Council; Sport Scotland Institute of Sport; the Lawn Tennis Association; England & Wales Cricket Board; and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

External Examiner for:

University of Winchester MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS-accredited)

University of Brighton BSc Sport Science; BSc Sport & Exercise Science; BSc Exercise & Health Science

Journal Editorial Board Member for:

Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology

International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Journal of Sports Sciences

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Featured publications

  • Cocks, A. J., Jackson, R. C., Bishop, D. T., & Williams, A. M. (2015). Anxiety, anticipation, and contextual information: An application of attentional control theory. Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1044424.
  • Kinrade, N. P., Jackson, R. C., & Ashford, K. J. (2015). Reinvestment, task complexity, and decision making under pressure in basketball. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 20, 11-19.
  • Wright, M. J., & Jackson, R. C. (2014). Deceptive body movements reverse spatial cueing in soccer. PLOS One, 9(8), e104290.
  • Adams, D., Ashford, K. J., & Jackson, R. C. (2014). Priming to promote fluent motor skill execution: Exploring attentional demands. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. 36, 366-374.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2014). Pre-performance routines. In R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.) Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Sage Publications.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2014). Concentration. In R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.) Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Sage Publications.
  • Wright, M., Bishop, D. T., Jackson, R. C., & Abernethy, B. (2013). Brain regions concerned with the identification of deceptive soccer moves by higher-skilled and lower-skilled players. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:851.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2013). Babies and bathwater: Commentary on Mesagno and Hill's proposed re-definition of 'choking'. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44, 281-284.
  • Jackson, R. C., Kinrade, N. P., Hicks, T., & Wills, R. (2013). Individual propensity for reinvestment: Field-based evidence for the predictive validity of three scales. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44, 331-350.
  • Toner, J., Moran, A. P., & Jackson, R. C.(2013). The effects of avoidant instructions on golf putting proficiency and kinematics. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 501-507.
  • Bishop, D. T., Wright, M. J., Jackson, R. C., & Abernethy, B. (2013). Neural bases for anticipation skill in soccer: An fMRI study. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 98-109.
  • Jackson, R. C., Beilock, S. L., & Kinrade, N. P. (2013). "Choking" in sport: Research and implications. In D. Farrow, J. Baker & C. MacMahon (Eds.), Developing sport expertise: Researchers and coaches put theory into practice. (2nd ed., pp. 177-194). London: Routledge.
  • Abernethy, B., Schörer, J., Jackson, R. C., & Hagemann, N. (2012). Perceptual training methods compared: The relative efficacy of different approaches to enhancing sport-specific anticipation. Journal of Experimental Psychology-Applied, 18, 143-153. doi: 10.1037/a0028452
  • Wright, M. J., Bishop, D. T., Jackson, R. C., & Abernethy, B. (2011). Cortical fMRI activation to opponents' body kinematics in sport-related anticipation: Expert-novice differences with normal and point-light video. Neuroscience Letters, 500(3), 216-221. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2011.06.045
  • Ashford, K. J. & Jackson, R. C. (2010). Priming as a means of preventing skill failure under pressure. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 32, 518-536.
  • Kinrade, N. P., Jackson, R. C., Ashford, K. J., & Bishop, D. T. (2010). Development and validation of the Decision-Specific Reinvestment Scale. Journal of Sports Sciences, 28(10), 1127-1135. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2010.499439
  • Kinrade, N., Jackson, R. C., & Ashford, K. J. (2010). Dispositional reinvestment and skill failure in cognitive and motor tasks. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11, 312-319.
  • Wright, M. J., Bishop, D. T., Jackson, R. C., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Functional MRI reveals expert-novice differences during sport-related anticipation. Neuroreport, 21, 94-98.
  • Jackson, R. C., Abernethy, B., & Wernhart, S. (2009). Sensitivity to fine-grained and coarse visual information: The effect of blurring on anticipation skill. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 40, 461-475.
  • Jackson, R. C. & Beilock, S. L. (2008). Performance pressure and ‘paralysis by analysis’: Research and implications. In D. Farrow, J. Baker, & C. MacMahon (Eds.), Developing elite sports performers: Lessons from theory and practice (pp. 104-118). Routledge.
  • Abernethy, B., Zawi, K., & Jackson, R. C. (2008). Expertise and attunement to kinematic constraints. Perception, 37, 931-948.
  • Jackson, R. C. & Mogan, P. (2007). Advance visual information, awareness, and anticipation skill. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39, 341-351.
  • Wright, M. J. & Jackson, R. C. (2007). Brain regions concerned with perceptual skills in tennis: An fMRI study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 63, 214-220.
  • Masters, R. S. W., van der Kamp, J., & Jackson, R. C. (2007). Imperceptibly off-centre goalkeepers influence penalty-kick direction in soccer. Psychological Science, 18, 222-223.
  • Abernethy, B., Maxwell, J. P., Jackson, R. C., & Masters, R. S. W. (2007). Skill in sport. In F. Durso, R. Nickerson, S. Dumais, S. Lewandowsky & T. Perfect (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Cognition (2nd Ed., pp. 333-359). Wiley.
  • Abernethy, B., Maxwell, J. P., Masters, R. S. W., van der Kamp, J., & Jackson, R. C. (2007). Attentional processes in skill learning and expert performance. In G. Tenenbaum & R. C. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of Sport Psychology (3rd Ed., pp. 245-263). Wiley.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2006). Reflections on the Athens Paralympics: Working with wheelchair rugby. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 2, 41-45.
  • Jackson, R. C. & Masters, R. S. W. (2006). Ritualized behaviour in sport. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 621-622.
  • Jackson, R. C., Ashford, K. J., & Norsworthy, G. (2006). Attentional focus, dispositional reinvestment and skilled motor performance under pressure. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology28, 49-68.
  • Jackson, R. C., Warren, S., & Abernethy, B. (2006). Anticipation skill and susceptibility to deceptive movement. Acta Psychologica, 123, 355-371.
  • Jackson, R. C., & Farrow, D. (2005). Implicit perceptual training: How, when, and why? Human Movement Science, 24, 308-325.
  • Poulter, D. R., Jackson, R. C., Wann, J. P., & Berry, D. C. (2005). The effect of learning condition on perceptual anticipation, awareness, and visual search. Human Movement Science, 24, 345-361.
  • Ashford, K. J., Karageorghis, C. I., & Jackson, R. C. (2005). Modeling the relationship between self-consciousness and competition anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 38, 903-918.
  • Farrow, D., Abernethy, B., & Jackson, R. C.. (2005) Probing expert anticipation with the temporal occlusion paradigm: Experimental investigations of some methodological issues. Motor Control, 9, 332-351.
  • Jackson, R. C., & Gudgeon, M. (2004). Anticipating serve direction: Implicit sequence learning in tennis. In A. Lees, J.-F. Kahn & I. W. Maynard (Eds.), Science and Racket Sports III (pp. 265-270). London: Routledge.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2004). Mood responses to athletic performance in extreme environments: Commentary. Journal of Sports Sciences, 22, 897-897.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2003a). Preperformance routine consistency: Temporal analysis of goal kicking in the Rugby Union World Cup. Journal of Sports Sciences, 21, 803-814.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2003b). Evaluating the evidence for implicit perceptual learning: A re-analysis of Farrow and Abernethy (2002). Journal of Sports Sciences, 21, 503-509.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2003c). New directions in the development of concentration skills: A behavioural perspective. In I. P. Greenlees & A. P. Moran (Eds.) Concentration skills training in sport (pp. 33-42). Leicester, UK: British Psychological Society.
  • Jackson, R. C. (2001). The preshot routine: A prerequisite for successful performance? In P. R. Thomas (Ed.), Optimising performance in golf (pp.  279-288)Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Jackson, R. C., & Baker, J. S. (2001). Routines, rituals and rugby: Case study of a world class goal kicker. The Sport Psychologist15, 48-65.
  • Jackson, R. C., & Willson, R. J. (1999). Using 'swing thoughts' to prevent paradoxical performance effects in golf putting. In M. R. Farrally and A. J. Cochran (Eds.), Science and Golf III (pp. 166-173).Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.