School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Associate Professor Sean Müller

Phone: (03) 53276931
Position: Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science
Discipline: Exercise and Sport Science


  • PhD (Motor Learning and Control – University of Queensland)
  • MPhil (Motor Learning and Control – Australian Catholic University)
  • BA (Human Movement – Deakin University)

Teaching areas

  • Research Methods
  • Applied Exercise Science
  • Motor Learning and Control

Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Expertise

Professional associations

  • Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

Research interests

Dr Müller has been invited to conduct research and advise on motor skill learning by several sports teams such as Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball, Cricket Australia and Hockey Australia. His research has featured in a Forbes article. Dr Müller’s research interests include:

  • Expertise and skill learning in sport
  • Visual anticipation, individual differences, and perceptual training in sport
  • Transfer of learning in sport
  • Interdisciplinary factors of sport performance, learning and transfer

Publications (last 5 years)

Refereed Articles

Müller, S., Brenton, J., & Mansingh, A. (in press). Sources of information pick-up for anticipation by skilled cricket batsmen. European Journal of Sports Science.

Morris-Binelli, K., Müller, S., van Rens, F., Harbaugh, A. G., & Rosalie, S. (2021). Individual differences in performance and learning of visual anticipation in expert field hockey goalkeepers. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 52, 101829.

Morris-Binelli, K., van Rens, F., Müller, S., & Rosalie, S. (2020). Psycho-perceptual-motor skills are deemed critical to save the penalty corner in international field hockey. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 51, 101753.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Cripps, A., & Hoyne, G. (2020). Interdisciplinary sport research can better predict competition performance, identify individual differences & quantify task representation. Frontiers in Sports & Active Living: Elite Sports and Performance Enhancement, 2, 1-10

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Burgin, M., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Coach rating combined with small-sided games provides further insight into mental toughness in sport. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1552.

Brenton, J., Müller, S., & Harbaugh, A. G. (2019). Visual-perceptual training with motor practice of the observed movement pattern improves anticipation in emerging expert cricket batsmen. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37, 2114-2121.

Brenton, J., Müller, S., & Dempsey, A. (2019). Visual-perceptual training with acquisition of the observed motor pattern contributes to greater improvement of visual anticipation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 25, 333-342.

Müller, S., van Rens, F., Brenton, J., Morris-Binelli, K., Piggott, B., Rosalie,S., & Burgin, M. (2019). Embedding of psycho-perceptual-motor skills can improve athlete assessment and training programs. Journal of Expertise, 2, 14-22.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Cripps, A., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Small-sided games can discriminate perceptual-cognitive-motor capability and predict disposal efficiency in match performance of skilled Australian footballers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 19, 1139-1145.

Piggott, B., Müller, S., Chivers, P., Papaluca, C., & Hoyne, G. (2019). Is sports science answering the call for interdisciplinary research? A systematic review. European Journal of Sport Science, 19, 267- 286.

Brenton, J., & Müller, S. (2018). Is visual-perceptual or motor expertise critical for expert  anticipation in sport? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 36, 739-746.

Research Higher Degree Completions (last 5 years)

  • Supervised to completion three PhD projects with sport organizations of cricket (Western Australian Cricket Association), Australian football (WAFL) and field hockey (Hockey Australia).