Smarter Thinking is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) as applied within performance settings. The Smarter Thinking Project was developed by Dr. Martin Turner to advance and draw attention to the research and application of REBT in performance settings. Martin has worked across business (public and private sector), military, academic, and most prolifically, sports organisations, working with teams and individuals. Through developing and researching Smarter Thinking, the work Martin does across teaching and consultancy is at the cutting edge. 


Dr. Martin Turner is Reader in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University.  He set up The Smarter Thinking Project to advance and promote the research and application of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) in performance settings. He refers to the application of REBT in performance settings as “Smarter Thinking” because he believes that the rational, logical, and pragmatic philosophy of REBT can help us all to think smarter about performance, promoting wellbeing and performance. He is a BPS Chartered and HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, BASES Chartered Sport Scientist, is REBT-trained (Advanced), and is Chair of the BPS West Midlands Branch. His expertise is within performance under pressure and adversity.

Primarily, his research focusses on the examination and use of REBT in performance settings such as sport, business, and academia. The research applies REBT to sport and exercise and performance settings, and investigates the theoretical tenets in the laboratory and in the field. Martin has also has developed a valid and reliable self-report measure for irrational performance beliefs, which are a core part of REBT theory. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, media outputs (blogs, online articles, interviews) and books, alongside conference presentations and invited talks. Martin is the recipient of the 2018 and 2020 Albert Ellis Research Award from the Albert Institute, New York, and the 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award for Research from the Association for REBT in the UK.