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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr. Tom Arthur

Dr. Tom Arthur

Postdoctoral Research Associate



Tom is a researcher in the Virtual Immersive Training And Learning (VITAL) group, who specialises in sensorimotor control and perceptual cognitive expertise. He has an interest in studying and optimising skilled behaviours through the use of interdisciplinary study protocols and advanced technological aids (e.g., virtual-reality, mobile eye-tracking). Here, he builds on experiences within elite sport, clinical neuroscience, and high-risk occupational fields, such as aviation and the military.

Tom recently completed his PhD, which investigated the aetiology of sensorimotor difficulties in autism. This PhD project formed a collaboration between the University of Exeter and the Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath. It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), via the South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

Further links:


  • PhD, Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter 2018-2022
  • MRes, Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter 2017-2018
  • MSc, Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter 2016-2017
  • BSc(Hons), Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter 2013-2016

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Journal articles

Harris D, Arthur T, Broadbent D, Wilson M, Vine S, Runswick O (In Press). An active inference account of skilled anticipation in sport: Using computational models to formalise theory and generate new hypotheses. Sports Medicine Abstract.
Harris D, Wilson M, Jones M, de Burgh T, Mundy D, Arthur T, Olonilua M, Vine S (In Press). An investigation of feed-forward and feed-back eye movement training in immersive virtual reality. Journal of Eye Movement Research
Harris D, Arthur T, de Burgh T, Duxbury M, Lockett-Kirk R, McBarnett W, Vine S (In Press). Assessing expertise using eye tracking in a Virtual Reality flight simulation. The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology
Arthur T, Vine S, Brosnan M, Buckingham G (In Press). Predictive Sensorimotor Control in. Autism. Brain: a journal of neurology
Harris D, Arthur T (In Press). Predictive eye movements are adjusted in a Bayes-optimal fashion in response to unexpectedly changing environmental probabilities. Cortex
Arthur T, Brosnan M, Harris D, Buckingham G, Wilson M, Williams G, Vine S (2023). Investigating how Explicit Contextual Cues Affect Predictive Sensorimotor Control in Autistic Adults. J Autism Dev Disord, 53(11), 4368-4381. Abstract.  Author URL.
Savickaite S, Husselman T-A, Taylor R, Millington E, Hayashibara E, Arthur T (2022). Applications of virtual reality (VR) in autism research: current trends and taxonomy of definitions. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 16(2), 147-154. Abstract.
Millington E, Hayashibara E, Arthur T, Husselman TA, Savickaite S, Taylor R (2022). Neurodivergent participatory action research for Virtual Reality (VR). Journal of Enabling Technologies, 16(2), 141-146. Abstract.
Harris DJ, Arthur T, Vine SJ, Liu J, Abd Rahman HR, Han F, Wilson MR (2022). Task-evoked pupillary responses track precision-weighted prediction errors and learning rate during interceptive visuomotor actions. Scientific Reports, 12(1). Abstract.
Harris D, Arthur T, Broadbent D, Wilson M, Vine SJ, Runswick O (2021). An active inference account of skilled anticipation in sport. Abstract.
Arthur T, Harris D, Allen K, Naylor C, Wood G, Vine S, Wilson M, Tsaneva-Atanasova K, Buckingham G (2021). Visuo-motor attention during object interaction in children with developmental coordination disorder. Cortex Abstract.  Author URL.
Arthur TG, Wilson MR, Moore LJ, Wylie LJ, Vine SJ (2019). Examining the effect of challenge and threat states on endurance exercise capabilities. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 44, 51-59. Abstract.
Arthur T, Vine S, Brosnan M, Buckingham G (2019). Exploring how material cues drive sensorimotor prediction across different levels of autistic-like traits. Exp Brain Res, 237(9), 2255-2267. Abstract.  Author URL.

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