Surrey Human Performance Institute

What we do

The Surrey Human Performance Institute is a sport and exercise science facility based at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Our focus is on key disciplines of performance and clinical exercise science:

  • Performance testing
  • Health assessments
  • Health and performance nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Strength and conditioning

We work on the frontier of developing clinical exercise physiology research outside of a hospital setting.

Opening times

Standard lab opening times are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

We also have staff available for many services from 7:30am - 7:30pm to accomodate clients before and after work.


Our research

Explore the exciting performance and clinical research projects that we are working on with the University of Surrey, local hospitals and international research groups. 

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NHS Health Checks

Are you between the ages of 40–74 years old? You might be eligible to receive a free NHS Health Check aimed at identifying cardiovascular risk factors before they become a problem.

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Latest news

News story

Atherosclerosis in the young fit and otherwise healthy

Andy Galloway explores the risk of the silent killer, atherosclerosis! 

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News story

Exercise and Cancer

Our clinical exercise scientist, Annabelle Emery, gives advice on exercise for those living with and beyond cancer.

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  • A preference for the uncanny benefits creativity

    A popular view is that people are “wired” to dislike and avoid things novel and unexpected, because such events and situations signal potential threat and danger (Jonas et al., 2014; Noordewier & Breugelmans, 2013). But at many points in history, and in many contexts, an ability to approach and explore unexpectedness has also proven functional, and highly desirable.

    That some people value and approach things new and unexpected is apparent in their fascination with groundbreaking innovations (Noppers, Keizer, Bockarjova, & Steg, 2015), surrealist art (Swami, Pietschnig, Stieger, Nader, & Voracek, 2012), or foreign lands and cultures (Brandt, Chambers, Crawford, Wetherell, & Reyna, 2015; Crisp & Turner, 2011; Pittinsky & Montoya, 2009).

    In this research we aim to understand whether and when schema-violations – targets or situations that disconfirm our schema- and stereotype- based expectancies – can foster greater creativity.

    In Study 1 & 2 we investigate what appraisal processes (surprise, interest) and personality antecedents (openness to experience, need for structure) regulate people’s attraction (vs. aversion) to schema-violations.

    In Study 3 & 4 we look at whether people’s preference for schema-violating (over schema-consistent) stimuli associates with greater creativity (divergent thinking and lifelong creative achievements), and whether it explains the seminal association of openness to experience and creativity.

    Finally, in Studies 5-7 we demonstrate that exposure to schema-violations can increase creative performance – conditional on people’s openness to schema-violating stimuli.



    Małgorzata A. Gocłowska, University of Amsterdam
    (In collaboration with Matthijs Baas, Carsten De Dreu, Andrew Elliot, and Richard Crisp)

    2.00pm to 3.00pm in TB 06