Professor Bruce Abernethy

Executive Dean

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
b.abernethy@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57969

Overview

Professor Abernethy is a first class Honours graduate and university medallist from the University of Queensland, a PhD graduate from the University of Otago, an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, a Fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and a Fellow of Exercise and Sport Science Australia. He is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and an affiliate Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Professor Abernethy is a previous Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Health Sciences (2011 - 2013), Head of the School of Human Movement Studies (from 1991-2003) and from 2004 to mid-2011 was the Director and inaugural Chair Professor of the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong.

His research interest is in the control and acquisition of skilled movement, with a particular focus upon understanding the processes underpinning the expert perception and production of patterns of human movement. The work is interdisciplinary and spans human movement and sport science, experimental psychology, neuroscience and medical and health sciences. Prof. Abernethy's research work has been supported by a range of agencies including those funding basic science, such as the Australian Research Council and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, as well as those supporting more applied research, such as the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Football League, the Australian Cricket Board, Worksafe Australia and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.

Qualifications

  • Fellow, Australian Sports Medicine Federation
  • PhD, University of Otago
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Ed.) (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Ed.), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Farrow, Damian and Abernethy, Bruce (2015). Expert anticipation and pattern perception. In Joseph Baker and Damian Farrow (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise (pp. 9-21) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Cote, Jean, Handcock, David J. and Abernethy, Bruce (2014). Nurturing talent in youth sports. In Athanasios G. Papaioannou and Dieter Hackfort (Ed.), Routledge companion to sport and exercise psychology: global perspectives and fundamental concepts (pp. 22-33) Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, B. (2013). Research: informed practice: are we nearly there yet?. In Damian Farrow, Joe Baker and Clare MacMahon (Ed.), Developing sport expertise: researchers and coaches put theory into practice Second edition ed. (pp. 249-255) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203119914

  • Williams, Andrew Mark and Abernethy, Bruce (2012). Anticipation and decision-making: skills, methods and measures. In Gershon Tenenbaum, Robert C. Eklund and Akihito Kamata (Ed.), Measurement in sport and exercise psychology (pp. 191-202) Champaign, Ill., U.S.A.: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, Bruce, Farrow, Damian, Gorman, Adam D. and Mann, David L. (2012). Anticipatory behavior and expert performance. In Nicola J. Hodges and A. Mark Williams (Ed.), Skill acquisition in sport: research, theory and practice 2nd ed. (pp. 287-305) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, Bruce and Cote, Jean (2012). Expert perceptual and decision-making skills: effects of structured activities and play. In Norbert M. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the sciences of learning (pp. 1235-1238) New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1688

  • Côté, Jean, Murphy-Mills, Jennifer and Abernethy, Bruce (2012). The development of skill in sport. In Nicola J. Hodges and A. Mark Williams (Ed.), Skill acquisition in sport: research, theory and practice 2nd ed. (pp. 269-286) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, Bruce and Masters, Rich S. W. (2011). Attention focus in sports. In Lyle J. Micheli (Ed.), Encyclopedia of sports medicine (pp. 125-127) Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage. doi:10.4135/9781412961165.n52

  • Yan, J. H., Abernethy, B. and Thomas, J. R. (2008). Developmental and biomechanical characteristics of motor skill learning. In Hong, Y. and Bartlett, R. (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science (pp. 565-580) New York NY United States: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, B. (2008). Introduction: Developing expertise in sport - how research can inform practice. In Farrow, D., Baker, J. and MacMahon, C. (Ed.), Developing Sport Expertise: Researchers and Coaches Put Theory into Practice (pp. 1-14) Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, B., Masters, R. S. W. and Zachry, T. (2008). Using biomechanical feedback to enhance skill learning and performance. In Hong, Y. and Bartlett, R. (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Biomechanics and Human Movement Science (pp. 581-593) New York NY United States: Routledge.

  • Abernethy, B., Maxwell, J. P., Masters, R. S. W., van der Kamp, J. and Jackson, R. C. (2007). Attentional processes in skill learning and expert performance. In Tenenbaum, G. and Eklund, R. C. (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Psychology 3rd ed. (pp. 245-263) Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118270011.ch11

  • Côté, J., Baker, J. and Abernethy, B. (2007). Practice and play in the development of sport expertise. In Tenenbaum, G. and Eklund, R. C. (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Psychology 3rd ed. (pp. 184-202) Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Abernethy, Bruce, Maxwell, Jonathan P., Jackson, Robin C. and Masters, Richard S. W. (2007). Skill in sport. In Francis T. Durso, Raymond S. Nickerson, Susan T. Dumais, Stephan Lewandowsky and Timothy J. Perfect (Ed.), Handbook of applied cognition 2nd ed. (pp. 333-359) Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Farrow, D. and Abernethy, B. (2007). Wahrnehmung von Expertinnen and Experten im Sport: Einige Kernfragen und -probleme. In Hagemann, N., Tietjens, M. and Strauß, B. (Ed.), Psychologie der sportlichen Hoechstleistung (pp. 71-92) Göttingen: Hogrefe.

  • Muller, Sean and Abernethy, Bruce (2006). Skill learning from an expertise perspective: issues and implications for practice and coaching in cricket. In J. Dosil (Ed.), The Sport Psychologist's handbook: a guide for sport-specific performance enhancement (pp. 245-261) Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Abernethy, Bruce, Farrow, Damian and Berry, Jason (2003). Constraints and issues in the development of a general theory of expert perceptual-motor performance: A critique of the deliberate practice framework. In J. L. Starkes (Ed.), Expert performance in sports: Advances in research on sport expertise (pp. 349-369) Champaign, Illinois, USA: Human Kinetics.

  • Cote, J., Baker, J. and Abernethy, A.B. (2003). From play to practice: A developmental framework for the acquisition of expertise in team sports. In J. L. Starkes and K. A. Ericsson (Ed.), Expert Performance in Sports: Advances in Research on Sport Expertise (pp. 89-113) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, A.B. (2001). Acquisition of skill. In F.S. Pyke (Ed.), Better Coaching: Advanced Coach's Manual 2nd ed. (pp. 161-170) Lower Mitcham, SA: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, A.B. (2001). Attention. In R.N. Singer, H.A. Hausenblas and C.M. Janelle (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Psychology 2nd ed. (pp. 53-58) New York: John Wiley & Sons.

  • Abernethy, A. B. (2001). Sports as expertise, psychology of. In N. J. Smelser and P. B. Baltes (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 14935-14938) Oxford, UK: Pergamon.

  • Imanaka, K. and Abernethy, A. B. (2000). Distance-location interference in movement reproduction: An interaction between conscious and unconscious processing?. In Yves Rossetti and Antti Revonsuo (Ed.), Beyond dissociation: Interaction between dissociated implicit and explicit processing (pp. 41-71) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

  • Hanna, A. J., Abernethy, A. B., Neal, R. J. and Burgess-Limerick, R. J. (2000). Triggers for the transition between human walking and running. In W.A. Sparrow (Ed.), Energetics of Human Activity (pp. 124-164) Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, B., Summers, J. J. and Ford, S. (1998). Issues in the measurement of attention. In Duda, J.L. (Ed.), Advancements in Sport and Exercise Psychology Measurement (pp. 173-193) Morgantown, WV: FIT Press.

  • Imanaka, K., Abernethy, B. and Quek, J-J. (1998). The locus of distance location interaction in movement reproduction: Do we know any more 25 years on?. In Piek, J. (Ed.), Motor control and human skill: A multi-disciplinary perspective (pp. 29-55) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, B., Wann, J. P. and Parks, S. (1998). Training perceptual-motor skills for sport. In Elliott, B.C. (Ed.), Training in sport: Applying sport science (pp. 1-68) Chichester: Wiley.

  • Carson, R. G., Byblow, W. D. and Abernethy, B. (1995). Inherent and incidental constraints upon intentional switching between patterns of bimanual coordination. In Bardy, B.G., Bootsma, R.J. and Guiard, Y. (Ed.), Studies in Perception and Action III (pp. 41-44) Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

  • Abernethy, Bruce, Burgess-Limerick, Robin, Engstrom, Craig, Hanna, Alastair and Neal, Robert J. (1995). Temporal co-ordination of human gait. In Denis J. Glencross and Jan Piek (Ed.), Motor control and sensory motor integration: Issues and directions (pp. 171-196) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.

  • Abernethy, B. (1994). Perceptual and decision-making skills of athletes - A neglected dimension for change. In Change and the human dimension of physical activity (pp. 1-12) Buffalo, New York: State University of New York.

  • Abernethy, B. (1994). The nature of expertise in sport. In Sidonio Serpa, Jose Alves and Vitor Pataco (Ed.), International perspectives on sport and exercise psychology (pp. 57-68) Morgantown, WV, United States: Fitness Information Technology.

  • Abernethy, B. (1993). Attention. In Singer, R.N., Murphey, M. and Tennant, L.K. (Ed.), Handbook of research on sport psychology (pp. 127-170) New York: Macmillan.

  • Abernethy, B., Thomas, K. T. and Thomas, J. R. (1993). Strategies for improving understanding of motor expertise. In Starkes, J. L. and Allard, F. (Ed.), Cognitive issues in motor expertise (pp. 317-356) Amsterdam: Elsevier.

  • Abernethy, B. (1992). Expertise in experimentation on human action. In B. Abernethy (Ed.), The creative side of experimentation: Personal perspectives of leading researchers in motor control, motor development and sport psychology C W. Snyder Jr ed. (pp. 203-225) Champaign, IL, United States: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, B. and Snyder Jr., C. W. (1992). Fundamentals of experimentation. In The creative side of experimentation: Personal perspectives of leading researchers in motor control, motor development and sport psychology (pp. 3-30) Chamapign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, B. and Sparrow, W. A. (1992). The rise and fall of dominant paradigms in motor behaviour research. In Approaches to the study of motor control and learning (pp. 3-45) Amsterdam: Elseveier.

  • Abernethy, B. and Burgess-Limerick, R. (1992). Visual support for the timing of skilled movements: A review. In Summers, J.J. (Ed.), Approaches to the study of motor control and learning (pp. 343-384) Amsterdam: North-Holland.

  • Abernethy, Bruce (1991). Acquiring motor skills. In Frank S. Pyke (Ed.), Better coaching: Advanced coach's manual (pp. 69-98) Belconnen, A.C.T, Australia: Australian Coaching Council.

  • Salmela, J. H. and Abernethy, B. (1991). Sport psychology in Australia. In Salmela, J.H. (Ed.), The world sport psychology sourcebook 2nd ed. (pp. 8-14) Chamapign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

  • Abernethy, B. (1985). Cue usage in 'open' motor skills: A review of the available procedures. In Russell, D.G. and Abernethy, B. (Ed.), Motor memory and control: The Otago symposium (pp. 110-122) Dunedin, NZ: Human Performance Associates.

  • Abernethy, Bruce (1985). Introductory comments: Vision and motor skills. In Russell, D. G. and Abernethy, B. (Ed.), Motor memory and control: The Otago symposium (pp. 94-94) Dunedin, New Zealand: Human Performance Associates.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Abernethy, B. and Lu, W. W. (2006) Gait Patterns in M. Akay (eds.) Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley Interscience

  • Abernethy, B. (2005) Attention - Focused and Divided in Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton and Christer G. Rolf (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Sports Studies. London: Routledge

  • Berry, J. T. and Abernethy, A. B. (2003) Expert game-based decision-making in Australian Football The University of Queensland: School of Human Movement Studies

  • Abernethy, A.B., Cote, J. and Baker, J.R. (2002) Expert Decision-Making in Team Sports St Lucia: School of Human Movement Studies

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision