- Professor Keith Davids
- Visitor's position
Faculty of Health,
School - Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
- Discipline *
- Human Movement and Sports Science
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PhD (University of Leeds)
- Professional memberships
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Science
Accredited Status as a Sport Psychologist: 1989;
Renewed: 1992, 1995, 2001-2005.
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
Chartered Status as a Certificated Psychologist (with Practising Certificate): 1989-2002.
Associate Fellowship: 1990-2002.
Sport and Exercise Psychology Division: 1996-2002.
Athletes and motor control, Expertise in Sport, Movement Skill and Sport Performance, Skill Acquisition, Sport science
Professor Keith Davids was appointed Head of School, Human Movement Studies in February 2006. He comes from the University of Otago where he was Dean of the School of Physical Education and Professor of Motor Control.
He was a first-class honours graduate of the University of London and gained a PhD at the University of Leeds. Between 1993 and 1999, he led the Motor Control group at the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University, before being appointed the Department Research Coordinator. At the UK RAE 2001, the Department of Exercise and Sport Science gained a 5* rating, the highest possible award for research excellence
Currently Professor Davids supervises doctoral students from Portugal, England, Germany, Wales, Singapore and New Zealand. He is also co-editor in chief of the International Journal of Sport Psychology and holds editorial board positions for the Journal of Sports Sciences, Infant Behavior and Development and the Psychology of Sport and Exercise. He is an Associate Editor for the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Keith Davids is interested in the coordination and control of human movement, and their acquisition, within a constraints-based framework. His theoretical outlook considers human movement systems as belonging to a class of nonlinear dynamical systems. Understanding the functional role of variability, and the relationship between variable, random and deterministic components of stochastic processes in human movement systems, is a dominant theme of his theoretical work.
The broad area of sport and exercise provides the context for his research in human movement of dynamic interceptive actions such as catching, kicking and hitting skills. An additional area of interest concerns how theoretical ideas from ecological psychology and nonlinear dynamics can be integrated into a Nonlinear Pedagogical framework for understanding strategies for organizing and structuring practice and training.
In recent years, Keith Davids’ research and doctoral students have been funded by a number of difference sources including the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the British Canoe Union, and the government of Saudi Arabia, the Government of Singapore, and University of Otago in New Zealand, Cricket Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.
- Dicks M, Davids KW, Araujo D, (2008) Ecological psychology and task representativeness: Implications for the design of perceptual-motor training programmes in sport, Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science p129-139
- Uehara LA, Button C, Davids KW, (2008) The effects of focus attention instructions on novices learning soccer chip, Brazilian Journal of Biomotricity p63-77
- Angelakopoulos GT, Savelsbergh GJ, Bennett SJ, Davids KW, (2008) Systematic review regarding posture development from infancy to adulthood, Hellenic Journal of Physical Education and Sport Science p35-43
- Chow JY, Davids KW, Button C, Rein R, (2008) Dynamics of movement patterning in learning a discrete mutliarticular action, Motor Control p219-240
- Passos P, Araujo D, Davids KW, Gouveia L, Milho J, Serpa S, (2008) Information-governing dynamics of attacker-defender interactions in youth rugby union, Journal of Sports Sciences p1421-1429
- Janssen D, Schollhorn WI, Lubienetzki J, Folling K, Kokenge H, Davids KW, (2008) Recognition of emotions in gait patterns by means of artificial neural nets, Journal of Nonverbal Behavior p79-92
- Passos P, Araujo D, Davids KW, Shuttleworth R, (2008) Manipulating constraints to train decision making in rugby union, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching p125-140
- Chow JY, Davids KW, Button C, Koh M, (2008) Coordination changes in a discrete multi-articular action as a function of practice, Acta Psychologica p163-176
- Davids KW, Button C, Bennett SJ, (2008) Dynamics of skill acquisition: a constraints-led approach p1-251
- Davids KW, (2008) Designing representative task constraints for studying visual anticipation in fast ball sports: What we can learn from past and contemporary insights in neurobiology and psychology, International Journal of Sport Psychology p166-177
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.