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Colm Murphy

Lecturer - Sports Coaching Science

About Research

Having graduated from Dublin City University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science and Health, Colm went on to complete his PhD in Expertise and Skill Acquisition at Brunel University London. He joined St Mary’s University in September, 2016 as a Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science.

Colm’s research focuses primarily on anticipation and decision making, particularly the role of contextual information in the making of expert judgements. He is also interested in how factors such as instruction, feedback and practice organisation affect skill acquisition. His research is published in sport science and psychology journals and he frequently reviews articles for several high-impact journals.

Colm has over 12 years of applied experience, having held positions as a coach, trainer and sport scientist with national governing bodies and at performance centres in the U.K. and Ireland. In his spare time, Colm enjoys taking part in most sports, particularly, running, hiking, tennis and football.


Research

Publications:

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2019). Informational constraints, option generation and, and anticipation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 41, 54-62.

North, J. S., Bezodis, N. E., Murphy, C. P., Runswick, O. R., Pocock, C, & Roca, A. (2019). The effect of consistent and varied follow-through practice schedules on learning a table tennis backhand. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37, 613-620.

Jalali, S., Martin, S. E., Murphy, C. P., Solomon, J. A., & Yarrow, K. (2018). Classification videos revel the visual information driving complex, real-world speeded decisions. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2229.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2018). The role of contextual information during skilled anticipation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 2070-2087.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., Cooke, K., Roca, A., Benguigui, N., & Williams, A. M. (2016). Contextual information and perceptual-cognitive expertise in a dynamic, temporally-constrained task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 22, 455-470.

Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Marshall, B. (2012). The need and benefit of augmented feedback on service speed in tennis. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44, 754-760.

Book Chapters

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (in press). Contextual information and its role in expert anticipation. In A. M. Williams & R. C. Jackson (Eds.) Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Williams, A. M., Murphy, C. P., Broadbent, D. P., & Janelle, C. M. (2018). Anticipation in Sport. In T. Horn, & A. Smith (Eds.), Advances in Sport Psychology (pp. 229-246). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Hendry, D. T., Murphy, C. P., Williams, A. M., & Hodges, N. J. (2016). Improving anticipation in racket sports: An evidence-based intervention. In S. Cotterill, N. Weston, & G. Breslin (Eds.) Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies (pp. 279-298). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Conference Proceedings:

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2018). Option generation and skilled anticipation behaviour in tennis. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 40, S32.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2016). The effect of sequencing information on anticipation. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S90.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2015). Perceiving context: the key to anticipation in sport?. In O. Schmid, S. Seiler (Eds.) 14th European Congress of Sport Psychology, July, 2015, Bern, Switzerland, 154.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., Roca, A., & Williams, A. M. (2015). Cognitive processes underlying anticipation in a context-oriented task. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37, S53.

Murphy, C. P., Jackson, R. C., & Williams, A. M. (2014). The use of contextual information in expert tennis anticipation. In A. De Haan, C. J. De Ruiter, E. Tsolakidis (Eds.) 19th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, July, 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Cahill, G., & Marshall, B. (2009). Augmented knowledge of results feedback in tennis serve training, In A. J. Harrison, R. Anderson, I. Kenny (Eds.) 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, July, 2009 Limerick, Ireland, 289-292.

Moran, K., Murphy, C. P., Cahill, G., & Marshall, B. (2009). Can elite tennis players judge their service speed?. In A. J. Harrison, R. Anderson, I. Kenny (Eds.) 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports, July, 2009, Limerick, Ireland, 340-342.