Paul Ward

Paul Ward


Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

  • PhD, Applied Experimental Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, 2002


After completing his graduate education in the UK, Paul Ward began his post-doctoral research in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology at the University of Central Florida (2002-2003). He continued his post-doctoral work in Applied Cognitive Science at Florida State University at the Learning Systems Institute's Center for Expert Performance Research (2004-2006). In 2006, he became Assistant Professor of Psychology (in the Cognitive program) at Florida State University. In 2010, he took up his current position as Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors PhD program in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University.

Research Interests

  • Study of Expertise
  • Perceptual-Cognitive Skills
  • Training
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Applied Cognition
  • Cognitive Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Sports Science

Recent Publications

  • Hoffman, R. R., Ward, P., Feltovich, P. J., DiBello, L., Fiore, S. M., Andrews, D., (2013). Accelerated expertise: Training for high proficiency in a complex world. New York, NY: Psychology Press. Read More
  • Suss, J., & Ward, P. (In press). Predicting the future in perceptual-motor domains: Perceptual anticipation, option generation and expertise. In R. R. Hoffman, P. A. Hancock, M. Scerbo, and J. L. Szalma (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of applied perception research (pp.XX-XX). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ward, P. (In press). Cognitive task analysis. In R. C. Eklund and G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Ward, P. (In press). Verbal protocols. In R. C. Eklund and G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Harris, K. R., Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., & Whyte, J. (2013). A theoretical framework for simulation in nursing: Answering Schiavenato’s (2009) call. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(1), 6-16. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20121107-02 (IF = 0.870)
  • Land, W., Tenenbaum, G., Ward, P., & Marquardt, C. (In press). Examination of visual information as a mediator of external focus benefits. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
  • Ward, P., Ericsson, K. A., & Williams, A. M. (In press). Complex perceptual-cognitive expertise in a simulated task environment. Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. First published on October 3, 2012 as doi:10.1177/1555343412461254
  • Whyte, J., Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., Nandagopal, K., & Harris, K. R. (2012). Nurses immediate response to the fall of a hospitalized patient: A comparison of actions and cognitions in experienced and novice nurses. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49, 1054-1063.
  • Williams, A. M., Ward, P., Bell-Walker, J., & Ford, P. (2012). Perceptual-cognitive expertise, practice history profiles and recall performance in soccer. British Journal of Psychology, 103 (3), 393-411.
  • Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., Goldsmith, E. (2011). How do we make financial education policy work? How research on personal financial practices associated with wealth accumulation can enhance the effectiveness of financial educational programs. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of American Council on Consumer Interests, Washington, DC. April 13-15, 2011.
  • Eccles, D. W., Ward, P., Woodman, T., Janelle, C. M., Le Scanff, C., Ehrlinger, J., Castanier, C. & Coombes, S. (2011). Human factors and sport psychology: Advancing the science of human performance. Human Factors, 53, 180-202. DOI: 10.1177/0018720811403731
  • McRobert, A, Ward, P., Eccles, D. W., & Williams, A. M. (2011). The effect of manipulating context-specific information on perceptual-cognitive processes during a simulated anticipation task. British Journal of Psychology, 102, 519-534. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2010.02013.x
  • North, J., Ward, P., Ericsson, K. A., & Williams, A.M. (2011). Mechanisms underlying skilled anticipation and recognition in a dynamic and temporally constrained domain. Memory, 19 (2), 155-168.
  • Pastel, R. & Ward, P. (2011). Orienting Graphical Objects on Computer Displays Using Indented Mouse Wheels. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. September 19-23, 2011. Santa Monica, HFES.
  • Ward, P., *Suss, J., Eccles, D. W., Williams, A. M., & **Harris, K. R. (2011). Skill-based differences in option generation in a complex task: A verbal protocol analysis. Cognitive Processing: International Quarterly of Cognitive Science, 12, 289-300. DOI: 10.1007/s10339-011-0397
  • Ward, P., Gabbard, S. R., Watamaniuk, S. N. J., Macquet, A-C., Araujo, D., Veinott, E. S., Mueller, S. T., & Fadde, P. (2011). Symposium on recognition, prediction and decision making in sport. In Proceedings of The 10th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, Orlando, FL. May 31-June 3, 2011.