Personal profile


Dr Bruton performed the role of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Human Performance at the University of Roehampton January 2015 to October 2022. Upon leaving this role, he was appointed Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Integrated Research in Life and Health Sciences from October 2022 onwards. He is currently organiser of the Research in Imagery and Observation (RIO) group and is working on research projects investigating the use of action observation and imagery interventions in sport and rehabilitation.


PhD, Sport Psychology; 2010-2015, Swansea University

B. Sc. (Hons), Sports Science; 2007-2010, Swansea University

Research interests

Dr Bruton's research spans the fields of sport psychology, experimental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. He adopts a multidisciplinary approach to understand interactions between neural, cognitive, psychological and behavioral factors associated with the following topics:

  • Simulating actions via motor imagery and/or action observation.
  • Performance and learning in individuals and teams.


Research projects

2010-2015 - PhD completed: A Framework for the Neuroscientific Study of Collective Efficacy: Measurement and Manipulation.

Professional affiliations

British Psychological Society - Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Research in Imagery and Observation Group - Group Organiser - Since November 2015 he has fulfilled the role of organiser for the Research in Imagery and Observation (RIO) group as part of a 4-person orgainising committee. The RIO group was formed in 2006 and aims to provide a forum to meet and discuss 'Research in Imagery and Observation'. The research carried out by the members of the group varies from applied sport science to cognitive neuroscience, and as such, the range of expertise is very useful for learning new skills or methods for research. The group is designed to; facilitate like-minded discussion about imagery and observation, provide a supportive environment for research students to disseminate/discuss their work as early career researchers, give access to a collaborative network in order to bridge gaps in the research on imagery and observation. Membership to the group is free; there is an annual meeting that takes place at different locations across Europe which provide an opportunity for members to give presentations about their recent research findings and ideas, followed by group discussion. To view the RIO group webpage please follow this URL:


External positions

Lecturer, Brunel University London

3 Oct 2022 → …

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