Dr Jonathan Allsop

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Vision and eye research

Having obtained a BA (Hons) from the University of Birmingham and MSc from Bangor University, Jonathan returned to the University of Birmingham to complete a funded PhD.


Jonathan's PhD investigated the effects of performance pressure on perceptual-motor accuracy, emotions, movement kinematics and gaze behaviour in a variety of tasks. During his PhD he obtained funding which enabled him to extend and replicate his research at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen.

Jonathan joined our Vision and Eye Research Unit in June 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Research interests

Jonathan is interested in how performance accuracy, emotions, gaze behaviour and movement kinematics differ in pressure situations and in populations with visual impairments. He is also interested in testing how this knowledge can be applied in order to facilitate performance in real-world situations.

Memberships, editorial boards

Peer Reviewing and Membership of Professional Organisations

Invited reviewer for international journals including Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Gait & Posture.

Member of the Royal Statistical Society, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network.

Selected recent publications

Allsop, J., Lawrence, G.P., Gray, R. & Khan, M.A. (In Press) The interaction between practice and performance pressure on the planning and control of fast target directed movement. Psychological Research.

Allsop, J. & Gray, R. (2014). Flying under pressure: effects of anxiety on attention and gaze behaviour in aviation. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 63-71.

Gray, R., Navia, J., & Allsop, J. (2014). Action specific perception in aviation: What determines perceived runway size? Perception, 43, 145-154.

Gray, R., Allsop, J., & Williams, S. (2013). Changes in putting kinematics associated with choking and excelling under pressure. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44, 387-407.

Gray, R. & Allsop, J. (2013). Interactions between performance pressure, performance streaks and attentional focus. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 368-386.