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Ross Dowsett

Ross Dowsett

Academic Associate

School of Science & Technology


Ross Dowsett is an Academic Associate in Sport Psychology, combining his PhD with a lecturing position. He primarily delivers seminars and lab classes on Sport and Exercise Psychology and Research Design and Analysis to BSc Sport Science students.

Career overview

Ross joined Nottingham Trent University in October 2020. Prior to this, he graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway University of London in 2018. He continued his academic career at Bangor University, where he graduated with an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2019. For his MSc thesis, he focused on the psychophysiological and attention mechanisms of choking under pressure in penalty-taking. Ross achieved valedictorian at both BSc and MSc level.

Ross started his PhD at Nottingham Trent University in 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Noel Kinrade, titled "Accelerating Expertise: Virtual Reality as a Means of Perceptual Cognitive Skills Training".

Research areas

Ross's research focuses on:

  • Perceptual-Cognitive Skills Training
  • Skill Acquisition in Virtual Reality
  • Decision-Making Under Pressure

Ross has a keen interest and background in cognitive psychology, specifically attentional mechanisms of elite performance under pressure. The focus of this research at the moment is exploring the role of Virtual Reality in training these perceptual-cognitive skills in elite athletes. Ross also engages in research around the effect of Fantasy Football on players' mental health.


Wilkins, L., Dowsett, R., Zaborski, Z., Scoles, L., & Allen. P. M. (2021). Exploring the mental health of individuals who play fantasy football. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, 3(5), 1004-1022.

Gallagher, M., Dowsett, R., Elisa, R. F. (2019). Vection in virtual reality modulates vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience, 50(10), 3557-3565.

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