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Personal profile


Dr Bruton joined the University of Roehampton in January 2015 and currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Sport Psychology. He completed his BSc degree in Sports Science at Swansea University in 2010, before remaining at Swansea to complete his PhD in Sports Science between 2010-2014. During this time Dr Bruton also performed the role of Associate Lecturer in Sports Science (Sport and Exercise Psychology) at Swansea. He is currently organiser of the Research in Imagery and Observation group and is working on research projects investigating the neural process underpinning group dynamics processes in team sports athletes.


PhD, Sport Psychology; 2010-2014, Swansea University

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

Research interests

Dr Bruton has broad research interests covering the fields of social psychology and social cognitive neuroscience. These include: observation and group dynamics, individual and group efficacy beliefs, and neuroscience and group-related constructs. His current research projects are focused on observation and imagery as interventions for group-related phenomena across settings (i.e., sport, military, academic), and examining cerebral cortical motor areas recruited when developing group dynamics processes (e.g., collective efficacy perceptions).

Research projects

2010-2014 - 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: http://riogroup.weebly.com/


Dr Bruton is Co-Convener for the undergraduate Sport Psychology Programme.

At postgraduate level Dr Bruton is Module Convener for Applications of Psychological Support and contributes to Approaches to Psychological Support and Professional Practice modules on the MSc Psychology of Sport and Exercise Programme.

At undergraduate level Dr Bruton is Module Convener for Advanced Topics in Psychology (L3) and contributes to Psychology of Peak Performance (L2) and Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (L3) on the BSc Sport Psychology Programme. He also contributes to Limitations to Performance and Training (L3).



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