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Dr Derek Panchuk

BKin, MSc, PhD (University of Calgary)

Lecturer, Skill Acquisition

Derek Panchuk is a lecturer in motor learning. He is an expert in visual attention and gaze behaviour during the performance of day-to-day activities and sport skills.

His work on the Quiet Eye of elite goaltenders was featured on a number of media outlets including the Discovery Channel, and The Sports Network (TSN, Canada).

He has worked with a number of sporting organisations including:

  • the PGA
  • Victorian State golf team
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Australian ski-cross team.

His current research projects are focused on examining: a) the relationship between attention control, gaze behaviour, and fatigue; b) the relationship between navigation strategies and gaze behaviour; c) using gaze behaviour as a performance training tool.

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Co-supervision of 2 PhD students

Research Grants

2012: Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Research Fund, $28,640.

2012: Australian Sports Commission – Victoria University Collaborative Fund, $125,000.

2011: Australian Institute of Sport High Performance Sport Research Fund, $20,400.

2010: Musashi, $20,000.

2010: VU Research Development Grant Scheme, $28,953.


Refereed journal articles

Stone, J, Panchuk D, Davids, K, North, J, Fairweather, I, & Maynard, I. An integrated ball projection technology for the study of dynamic interceptive actions. Behavioural Research Methods.

Panchuk, D, Farrow, D & Meyer, T. How can novel training aids be used to induce acute changes in gaze behaviour? Journal of Sports Sciences. RJSP-2013-0575.

Lorains, M, Panchuk, D, Ball, K & MacMahon, C. The effect of an above real time decision-making intervention on visual search behaviour. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

Sakadjian, A, Panchuk, D & Pearce, AJ. Kinematic and kinetic improvements associated with action observation facilitated learning of the power clean in Australian footballers. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.

Panchuk, D, Spittle, M, Spittle, S, & Johnston, N (2013). The effect of practice distribution and experience on the performance and retention of a discrete sport skill. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 116(3), 1-11.

Refereed book chapters

McMahon, C, & Panchuk, Dq. Probabilities. In R.C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of sport and exercise psychology. Sage.

Panchuk, D, & Vickers, JN (2013). Expert visual perception: Why having a Quiet Eye matters in sport. In, D Farrow, J Baker, C MacMahon (Eds.), Developing Expertise in Sport: Researchers and Coaches Put Theory Into Practice (2nd ed), pp 195-209. Routledge: London.

View all of Derek's publications in the Victoria University Research Repository.

Research grants

  • 2012: Australian Institute of Sport, High Performance Research Fund. A need for speed: Training gaze behaviour for optimal path selection in racing, $28,640.
  • 2011: Australian Institute of Sport, High Performance Sport Research Fund, Nutritional supplements to enhance team-sport athlete skill performance and decision making in extreme environments, $20,400.
  • 2010: Musashi, Nutritional Strategies for enhanced decision making and skill performance in team sports, $20,000.

 Teaching responsibilities

  • Motor Learning

Professional memberships

  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
  • Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group

Areas of expertise

  • Eye movements and gaze behaviour
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport expertise and decision making
  • Visual attention and control
Derek Panchuk

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5982