The Perception & Action Podcast - Sports Science & Psychology Talk

The Perception & Action Podcast - Sports Science & Psychology Talk

Exploration of how psychological research can be applied to improving performance, accelerating skill acquisition and designing new technologies in sports, driving and aviation. Hosted by Rob Gray, professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, the podcast will review basic concepts and discuss the latest research in these areas.... Show More

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A look at 3 recent studies evaluating the effects of different types of instruction (explicit, analogy and focus of attention) on performance, movement kinematics and motor learning.   Articles: The acute effects of analogy and explicit instruction on movement and performance The effects of instructional cues on performance and mechanics during a gross motor movement Changing one’s focus of attention alters the structure of movem... Read more

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A look at a couple of recent motor learning articles. Does incidental training lead to protection against choking under pressure? How do we acquire a new movement skill? Do we initially explore the solution space randomly (what has been called motor babbling) or do we use goal-related feedback right from the start (goal babbling)?   Articles: Limiting motor skill knowledge via incidental training protects against choking under pres... Read more

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What are the limitations of current perceptual-cognitive and brain training technologies that use an isolated, process driven approach to improve perception and decision making in athletes? How can these be improved by following the principles of Ecological Dynamics? How can VR training be better used to allow an athlete to explore the affordance landscape and make context-dependent decisions?   Articles: Evaluating Weaknesses of ... Read more

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A look at Naturalistic and Recognition-Primed Decision Making. How do we make quick and effective decisions when faced with complex, time pressured situations? How do we bring our previous experience to bear in these situations? Can this approach be applied to sports?   Articles: Naturalistic Decision Making A Recognition Primed Decision (RPD) Model of Rapid Decision Making Recognition Within the Decision-Making Process: A Case Stu... Read more

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April 8, 2019 19 min

Is the role of affordance perception just action selection? Or does it also play a role in action control? What does it mean to “know one’s limits”?   Articles: Affordance-Based Control of Visually Guided Action Controlling speed and direction during interception: an affordance-based approach   More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, p... Read more

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A look at the role of demonstration and imitation in motor learning. What is rate enhancer in skill acquisition? Articles: Demonstration as a rate enhancer to changes in coordination during early skill acquisition Concurrent Imitative Movement During Action Observation Facilitates Accuracy of Outcome Prediction in Less-Skilled Performers More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ... Read more

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Is the common finding that expert athletes are better at using advance cues to anticipate their opponent’s actions evidence that they are using a predictive, internal model for action control? Or can this be reconciled with the ecological approach?   Articles: Special Issue of IJSP: Ventral and dorsal contribution to visual anticipation in fast ball sports   More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdf... Read more

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Can having a performer amplify or exaggerate movement error be an effective way to correct it? Is error amplification a more effective method than corrective instruction?     Articles: “Amplification of Error”: A Rapidly Effective Method for Motor Performance Improvement Correction of a Technical Error in the Golf Swing: Error Amplification Versus Direct Instruction The effects of two different correction strategies on the snatch ... Read more

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A look at some different ways we can cue and provide feedback to a performer including bandwidth, temporal-comparative and translational feedback and rhythm-based cues.     Articles: Effect of bandwidth knowledge of results on movement consistency Applying Bandwidth Feedback Scheduling to a Golf Shot Temporal-Comparative Feedback Facilitates Golf Putting Development of a rhythmic auditory biofeedback system to assist improving the... Read more

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February 26, 2019 15 min

A look at the phenomenon of The Yips. What exactly is it? How does it differ from choking under pressure? What effects does it have on movement coordination? How can it be treated?     Articles: The yips in sport: A systematic review Flikikammo: When Gymnasts Lose Previously Automatic Backward Moving Skills Yips and Other Movement Disorders in Golfers Performance blocks in sport: Recommendations for treatment and implications for... Read more

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A panel discussion about applying different theoretical approaches to coaching, fence sitting, and "it depends" on the Talent Equation podcast hosted and produced by Stuart Armstrong:   https://www.spreaker.com/user/9625186/podcast-panel?autoplay=1     More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)   Subscribe in iOS/Apple Subscr... Read more

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Is having numerous possible solutions to a motor task a problem of redundancy that must be solved by somehow restricting the perception-action system? Or is it a gift of abundance that allows us to better adapt and react to our environment by developing new synergies?   Articles: There is no motor redundancy in human movements. There is motor abundance The Bliss of Motor Abundance Stages in learning motor synergies: A view based o... Read more

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A look at the somewhat controversial topic of general perceptual-motor abilities. Are there general abilities such as agility and hand-eye coordination that apply to all sports or are the skills athletes use mainly sports specific? If such general abilities do exist, is it worth testing for them and training to improve them?   Articles: The General Motor Ability Hypothesis: An Old Idea Revisited Skill not athleticism predicts indi... Read more

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A look at some recent research on representative design. How can we evaluate the representativeness of typical practice activities used in sport? What expertise differences emerge when we evaluate athletes in a more representative test environment?   Articles: Application of representative learning design for assessment of common practice tasks in tennis Emergence of Skilled Behaviors in Professional, Amateur and Junior Cricket B... Read more

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Do the principles derived from studying simple laboratory skills apply to the more complex skills involved in most sports? How does task complexity influence the way in which we manipulate load and challenge in practice? How should we schedule practice, give feedback and give physical assistance when training complex tasks?   Articles: Principles derived from the study of simple skills do not generalize to complex skill learning Ba... Read more

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What is the optimal spacing of training sessions to promote acquisition of a new skill? How does it depend on task complexity and intensity? What underlying processes are involved?   Articles: Spacing Repetitions Over Long Timescales: A Review and a Reconsolidation Explanation Rate of learning in relation to spacing of practice periods in archery and badminton Delayed Benefits from Spaced Training When Learning a Precision Throwi... Read more

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How do the emotions of an athlete constrain the movement solutions that emerge in practice? How can they be used an indicator of progress in learning? How might a coaches’ emotions influences skill acquisition and performance? Articles/links: The dynamics of expertise acquisition in sport: The role of affective learning design Emotional games: How coaches' emotional expressions shape players' emotions, inferences, and team perfor... Read more

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The second episode in a series looking at the contributions of Paul Fitts to our understanding of motor control and motor learning. A look at Fitts’ highly influential 3 phase model of skill acquisition involving cognitive, fixation and autonomous phases. Is this model really at complete odds with more recent ecological approaches?   Articles: Perceptual-motor skill learning Factors in complex skill training Information Processin... Read more

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Does our perception of affordances in our environment depend on psychological momentum, changing as we move towards or away from achieving our goal? What is the value of informal, unstructured practice? How does it conform to the principles of ecological dynamics?   Articles: Perceiving affordances in sports through a momentum lens The Role of Informal, Unstructured Practice in Developing Football Expertise: The Case of Brazilian... Read more

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The first episode in a series looking at the contributions of Paul Fitts to our understanding of motor control and motor learning. What is Fitts’ Law? How can it be used to understand and predict speed-accuracy tradeoffs (e.g. between throwing hard and throwing accurately) in sports?   Articles: The information capacity of the human motor system in controlling the amplitude of movement Information capacity of discrete motor respons... Read more

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