Dr. Sean Horton


Dr. Sean Horton

Email: hortons@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253 - 3000 ext: 2442
Office: H.K. Building, Room 110

Ph.D., Queen’s University, 2007
M.A., Queen’s University, 2003
B.A., Queen’s University, 1992


Dr. Horton joined the faculty in January, 2008. His research interests lie primarily in the area of skill acquisition and expert performance, both in young people and as individuals age. His most recent work has focused on older adults and the extent to which high levels of performance can be maintained into the latter stages of life.

A second area of research interest relates to stereotypes of aging, and how these affect seniors’ decisions to engage in physical activity. Popular stereotypes of aging tend to be predominantly negative in our society, which may influence decisions that seniors make as they get older, particularly with respect to involvement in sports and other forms of physical activity. Considering current demographic trends and the fact that ‘baby boomers’ are now entering their senior years, fostering physical activity involvement in senior populations is becoming increasingly important.

Finally, Dr. Horton collaborates with colleague Chad Sutherland and Community Living Essex County to develop programming consisting of adapted physical exercise (APEX) for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Skill Acquisition and Maintenance through the Lifespan
  • Sport Involvement, Physical Activity and Healthy Aging
  • Adapted Physical Exercise

Selected Recent Publications

Dixon, J. C., Horton, S., Chittle, L., & Baker, J. (Eds.). (2020). Relative age effects in sport: International perspectives. New York: Routledge.

Deneau, J., van Wyk, P.M., and Horton, S. (2020). Capitalizing on a "huge resource": Successful aging and physically active leisure perspectives from older males. Leisure Sciences. doi.org/10.1080/01490400.2019.1627965

Horton, S., Dionigi, R.A., Gard, M., Baker, J., Weir, P., & Deneau, J. (2019). “You can sit in the middle or be one of the outliers”: Older male athletes and the complexities of social comparison. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 2617. 

Horton, S., Dionigi, R.D., Gard, M., Baker, J., & Weir, P. (2018). “Don’t sit back with the geraniums, get out”: The complexity of older women’s stories of sport participation. Journal of Amateur Sport. 4(1), 24-51.

Chittle, L., Horton, S., & Dixon, J.C. (2018). Relative age effects and academic timing in Canadian interuniversity football. High Ability Studies, 29(1), 64-78.

Gard, M., Dionigi, R.A., Horton, S., Baker, J., Weir, P., & Dionigi, C. (2017). The normalisation of sport for older people? Annals of Leisure Research, 20(3), 253-272.

Chittle, L., Horton, S., & Dixon, J.C. (2016). From horses to humans: What the triple crown teaches us about success in school and sports. Talent Development & Excellence, 8(2), 33-40.

Paquin, K., Ali, S., Carr, K., McGowan, C., Crawley, J., & Horton, S. (2015). Effectiveness of commercial video gaming on fine motor control in chronic stroke within community-level rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(23), 2184-2191.