Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe recently joined AECC as a Senior Lecturer in the newly formed School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

Biography

Zöe has worked with many Olympic and professional athletes to help them improve their performance by improving their perceptual capabilities. The athletes she works with have gone on to win Olympic medals, World and European championships, as well as set many personal best achievements.
Since completing her PhD, Zöe has continued to carry out research as well as presenting at many conferences and coach education workshops.

Current Activity

As a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Zöe is currently involved in the development of the four new psychology degree programmes due to start in September 2019. She is a sports vision coach currently consulting with elite athletes from a range of sports including football, rugby, golf and motor racing. Zöe is also an active researcher with ongoing projects in the areas of eye tracking in sport, concussion management, and improving performance by training the visual system.

Areas of Interest

When teaching, Zöe enjoys the cognitive and biological aspects of psychology, particularly when applied in a sporting context. For her own research she is interested in vision in elite athletes, using eye tracking to enhance information uptake, prevention and management of concussion through cognitive and visual measures, and cognitive factors related to elite sports performance.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Surrey)
  • MSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology (Loughborough University)
  • PhD Psychology (University of Surrey)
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • PGCert Higher Education (Solent University)

Membership

  • British Psychological Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Higher Education Academy

Research

Zöe’s main research interests include:

  • British Psychological Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Higher Education Academy

Publications 

Wimshurst, Z. L. Sowden, P. T. and Wright, M. 2016. Expert–Novice Differences in Brain Function of Field Hockey Players. Neuroscience, 315, 31-44.

Wimshurst, Z. L. Sowden, P. T. and Cardinale, M. 2012. Visual skills and playing positions of Olympic field hockey players. Perceptual Motor Skills. 114(1), 204-16.

Wimshurst, Z. L. June 2014. Time to focus – eyes overlooked in World Cup build up. The Conversation.

Wimshurst, Z. L. June 2014. Suarez’s killer instincts on the pitch are in his visual skills too. The Conversation.

Wimshurst, Z. L. July 2014. When it comes to penalties, the eyes are the window to the goal. The Conversation.