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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

129 – The Legacy of Paul Fitts II: A Three Stage Model of Motor Learning

11/20/2018
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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 Processing and Constraints-based Views of Skill Acquisition:...

Duration:00:16:28

128 – Affordances & Momentum, Value of Unstructured Practice

11/13/2018
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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 Pelada More...

Duration:00:15:23

127 – The Legacy of Paul Fitts I: Fitts’ Law & the Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff

10/30/2018
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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 responses The Accuracy of Interceptive Action in Time and...

Duration:00:18:50

126 – Guiding Movement by Coupling Taus

10/23/2018
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A look at David Lee’s Tau Coupling theory which seeks to explain how movements are controlled by using taus from our different senses and intrinsic tau guides. What is general tau theory and why does this variable apply to more than just approaching objects? Articles: Guiding movement by coupling taus Guiding the swing in golf putting Guiding contact by coupling the taus of gaps When Is Behavioral Data Evidence for a Control Theory? Tau-Coupling Revisited More...

Duration:00:19:01

125 – The Legacy of James J Gibson III: The Ecological Approach, Research & Challenges

10/16/2018
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The final episode in my series looking at the contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. Where is the ecological approach to perception and action now? What evidence is there to support it? What are some of the challenges it still faces? Articles: Perceiving action boundaries in the volleyball block Affordances can invite behavior: Reconsidering the relationship between affordances and agency The relevance of action in perceiving affordances: Perception of...

Duration:00:25:44

124 – The Legacy of James J Gibson II: The Theory of Affordances & Its Application to Sports

10/9/2018
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124 – The Legacy of James J Gibson II: The Theory of Affordances & Its Application to Sports The second episode in a series looking at the incredible contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. How do we go from information to goal-directed action? What are affordances and effectivities? How can they be used to guide our understanding of sports performance? Articles: The Theory of Affordances Affordances and Prospective Control: An Outline of the...

Duration:00:22:01

123 – The Legacy of James J Gibson I: Invariants & Direct Perception

9/25/2018
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The first episode in a series looking at the incredible contributions of JJ Gibson to the study of perception and action. What is direct perception? What are invariants? How do these ideas form the foundation for ideas like the constraints led approach and ecological dynamics? Articles: The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception The Senses Considered as Perceptual Systems Perception with an Eye for Motion More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs...

Duration:00:22:40

122 – Reflections on the FBR Summit: Putting Self Organization into Practice

9/18/2018
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Some reflections on the excellent Skill Acquisition Summit I recently attended at the Florida Baseball Ranch. What are some of the best practices for using self-organization for developing sports skills? Articles/Links: Florida Baseball Ranch Summit Comparing cueing and constraints interventions for increasing launch angle in baseball batting More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos,...

Duration:00:14:21

121 - How Much Variability in Practice & When? Does Water Immersion Enhance Motor Learning?

9/11/2018
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A look at a couple interesting recent articles on motor learning. How much variability should we add to practice and when? Are skills strengthened when they are reconsolidated when performing slight variations? Does sitting in chest deep water improve skill acquisition? Articles: Motor Skills Are Strengthened through Reconsolidation Comparison of motor skill learning, grip strength and memory recall on land and in chest-deep water More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My...

Duration:00:15:28

120 – Perceptual-Motor Calibration

9/4/2018
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A look at the process of perceptual-motor calibration. How do we scale our perception of affordances in the environment to our action capabilities? What conditions are needed to allow for effective calibration and recalibration? Articles: A systematic review on perceptual-motor calibration to changes in action capabilities Perceiving affordances: visual guidance of stair climbing Calibration Is Both Functional and Anatomical Gut Estimates: Pregnant women adapt to changing...

Duration:00:16:17

119 – Interview with Jeff Fairbrother, Tennessse, Motor Learning, Feedback, Focus of Attention

8/28/2018
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A discussion with Jeff Fairbrother, Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee. We discuss the effect of repeated retention tests on learning, self controlled feedback and the effects of a coach overriding feedback choice, and focus of attention strategies. More information about my guest: https://krss.utk.edu/faculty-staff/fairbrother-bio/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jeffrey_Fairbrother https://twitter.com/jtfairbro More...

Duration:00:27:47

118 – Interview with Paul Venner, Dutch Baseball, Variability & Constraints in Movement, S&C

8/21/2018
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A discussion with Paul Venner, Head of Athletic Performance at Dutch Baseball and Founder of Ultimateinstability. We discuss the important role of movement variability in training, using water to amplify information about movement, connecting skill acquisition and S&C through the lens of organismic constraints, and Paul’s presentation at the upcoming Florida Baseball Ranch Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit. More information about my...

Duration:00:21:43

117 – Shared Mental Models vs Shared Affordances in Team Coordination

8/14/2018
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A look at the two main theoretical approaches (and associated methodologies) for understanding team coordination in sports: Shared knowledge/mental models (built on information processing) and shared affordances (built on ecological dynamics). Articles: Shared Knowledge or Shared Affordances? Insights from an Ecological Dynamics Approach to Team Coordination in Sports Theoretical and methodical approaches to studying team cognition in sports Knowledge Elicitation Methods for Developing...

Duration:00:20:22

116 – New Research on Implicit Learning: Is it a More Effective Way to Acquire New Skills?

8/7/2018
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A look at some recent research on implicit learning. Is it really a better way to learn perceptual-motor skills? Does it give an athlete more cognitive resources to devote to strategy and decision making? Does it lead to better pressure proofing of performance? Articles: Implicit learning increases shot accuracy of football players when making strategic decisions during penalty kicking Chunking, Conscious Processing, and EEG During Sequence Acquisition and Performance Pressure: A...

Duration:00:21:28

115 – Interview with Randy Sullivan, Florida Baseball Ranch, Skill Acquisition Summit

7/24/2018
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A discussion with Randy Sullivan, CEO and owner of Florida Baseball Ranch. We discuss how Randy’s approach to skill development and injury rehabilitation has evolved, the “how to” of self-organization and preview the upcoming The Florida Baseball Ranch & Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit. Florida Baseball Ranch & Dutch Baseball Skill Acquisition Summit (Sept 8-9, 2018): www.floridabaseballranch.com/summit More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page...

Duration:00:33:18

114 – Interview with Israel Halperin, Skill Acquisition Training & Research, Cueing, Combat Sports

7/17/2018
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A discussion with Israel Halperin, combat sports coach and researcher from Tel Aviv, Israel. We discuss the use of focus of attention cues, the role of athlete autonomy in training programs, how S&C and Skill Acq can better support each other, and how to improve the research methods we are using in motor learning. More information about my...

Duration:00:31:57

113 – Online vs Internal, Model-Based Control of Action

7/3/2018
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Are the complex actions involved in sport controlled online, by visual information that is currently available to a performer? Or do they rely on the use of predictive, internal models of the world? What are the implications of this for the way we coach athletes? Articles: On-line and model-based approaches to the visual control of action http://perceptionaction.com/pitchtunnels/ More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web...

Duration:00:30:55

112 - Interview with Len Zaichkowsky & Dan Peterson, The Playmaker’s Advantage

6/26/2018
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A discussion with Leonard Zaichkowsky & Daniel Peterson about their recently released book, The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level. What is “Athlete Cognition”? How can it be trained? How can coaches design practices to better mimic real-life competitive pressures? More information about my guests: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501181866/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_msPQAbVSFGQ57 80PercentMental.com More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research...

Duration:00:38:43

111 – When Should a Coach Abandon a Practice Activity and Try Something Else?

6/19/2018
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As a coach, what should you do when your athletes do not seem to be responding to a new practice activity? Are there things you can change? What should you look for? When should you abandon it altogether and move on to something else? Links: Why the Constraints Led Approach is Not an All You Can Eat Buffett – Rob Gray on the Talent Equation Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/user/9625186/rob-gray More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my...

Duration:00:20:09

110 – Donor Sports & the Value of Non Sport Specific Practice

6/12/2018
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How do you know whether a training activity that is very different from your sport will lead to transfer? Is their value in non-specific practice? Does it depend on skill level? What is a donor sport? Articles/Books: http://www.mytpi.com/articles/swing/catching_ping_pong_balls_to_improve_quiet_eye_for_golf Especial Skills: Their Emergence With Massive Amounts of Practice The NFL Combine: Does It Predict Performance in the National Football League? Parkour as a Donor Sport for Athletic...

Duration:00:17:52