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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Duration:00:17:52

109 – Habit vs Skill: Which Should We Attempt to Develop in Performers?

6/5/2018
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Is it better for an athlete to develop pre-formed, reflexive responses that operate outside of consciousness (in other words, habits)? Or should we be focusing on cultivating adaptive skills that involve reflection and awareness? Articles: Habitual Reflexivity and Skilled Action The spontaneousness of skill and the impulsivity of habit More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics,...

Duration:00:18:32

108 – Does Brain Stimulation Enhance Acquisition, Performance and Retention of Sports Skills?

5/29/2018
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Can noninvasive brain stimulation be used to enhance acquisition, performance and retention of sports skills? What exactly are tMS, tCS and tDCS? Are products like Halo Sport worth your investment? Articles: Non-invasive Human Brain Stimulation in Cognitive Neuroscience: A Primer Neurodoping: Brain Stimulation as a Performance-Enhancing Measure Modulating Motor Learning through Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation: An Integrative View Effects of tDCS on motor learning and memory...

Duration:00:18:52

107 – Interview with Mike Studer, President NWRA, Applying motor learning principles to rehabilitation

5/22/2018
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A discussion with Mike Studer, President of Northwest Rehabilitation Associate. We discuss using dual tasks to encourage the development of procedural memories, constraint-induced practice, concussion rehabilitation in sports, and geriatric athletes. More information about my guest: https://northwestrehab.com/ http://mikestuder.com/ More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics,...

Duration:00:23:46

106 – Does Neurofeedback Training Improve Sports Performance?

5/15/2018
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How effective is neurofeedback training for improving sports performance? Is it worth the investment of time and money? Which brain rhythm should we be targeting for the best results? Articles: Effects of learning on electroencephalographic and electrocardiographic patterns in novice archers Investigating the efficacy of neurofeedback training for expediting expertise and excellence in sport Neurofeedback as supplementary training for optimizing athletes’ performance: A systematic...

Duration:00:15:11

105 – How Difficult Should Practice Be? The Challenge Point Hypothesis

5/1/2018
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What is the optimal level of task difficulty to use in practice? How does it depend on the complexity of the skill and the experience of the learner? A look at the Challenge Point Hypothesis and studies which have tested its predictions. Articles: Challenge Point: A Framework for Conceptualizing the Effects of Various Practice Conditions in Motor Learning Measurement of functional task difficulty during motor learning: What level of difficulty corresponds to the optimal challenge...

Duration:00:22:14