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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

82 - Movement Instruction, Knowledge & Description

10/17/2017
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What are the key differences between describing an athlete’s movements, an athlete’s knowledge about those movements, and the instructions used by a coach to facilitate those movements? How can these different perspectives inform and sometimes hurt each other? Articles/links: What does the questioning of expert coaches reveal about the biomechanical knowledge of forward ice hockey skating? Integrating biomechanical and motor control principles in elite high jumpers: A transdisciplinary...

Duration: 00:17:36


81 – Interview with Tim Buszard, ISEAL, Scaling Equipment, WMC, Contextual Interference

10/10/2017
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A discussion with Tim Buszard, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL) & Tennis Australia. Topics include scaling sports equipment appropriately for kids, working memory capacity (WMC) and its role in implementing coaching instructions, whether contextual interference has value outside the lab, and Tim’s skill acquisition blog. More information about my...

Duration: 00:29:39


80 – Interview with Gaby Wulf & Rebecca Lewthwaite, OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning

10/3/2017
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A discussion with Gaby Wulf, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, UNLV, and Rebecca Lewthwaite, Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and adjunct faculty at USC. We discuss the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning: Optimizing performance through intrinsic motivation and attention for learning. More information about my...

Duration: 00:24:54


79 – Designing Affective Practice I: Using Pressure to Aid Motor Learning

9/26/2017
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Why is it important to include emotional context in practice? A look at the evidence for the beneficial effects of anxiety in training and guidelines for implementing pressure training. Articles/links: The dynamics of expertise acquisition in sport: The role of affective learning design Training with mild anxiety may prevent choking under higher levels of anxiety Perceptual-motor learning benefits from increased stress and anxiety Practice with anxiety improves performance, but only...

Duration: 00:24:33


78 – New Research on Changing Movement Patterns

9/19/2017
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When a coach identifies a maladaptive movement pattern in an athlete, what is the best way to change it? Do formal biomechanical evaluations help? How can we identify the origins of the problem? How can we improve agility and speed without disrupting perception-action coupling? Articles/links: Do baseball pitchers improve mechanics after biomechanical evaluations? A problem-solving process to identify the origins of poor movement Cognitive Training for Agility: The Integration...

Duration: 00:19:49


77 – Achieving & Assessing Transfer in Sport Training

9/12/2017
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What is “transfer of training”? How should we be assessing it and what does research tell us is the best way to achieve it? Articles/links: Motor imagery and 'placebo-racket effects' in tennis serve performance Transfer of Movement Control in Skill Learning Changes in balance coordination and transfer to an unlearned balance task after slackline training: a self-organizing map analysis Riding a reverse bicycle More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page...

Duration: 00:22:08


76 – Interview with Mark Williams, Utah, Talent ID and Development

9/5/2017
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A discussion with Mark Williams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation at the University of Utah. We discuss designing effective practice, talent identification and development and anticipation training. More information about my guest: https://faculty.utah.edu/u6006972-ANDREW_MARK_WILLIAMS/research/index.hml More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page...

Duration: 00:39:13


75 – Attentional Theories of Choking Under Pressure Revisited II: Integrative Theories

8/29/2017
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Can the two opposing theoretical views of the role of attention in choking under pressure be integrated? A look at some theories that have attempted to do so and consideration of what still needs to be done in this area. Articles/links: Choking Under Pressure: Multiple Routes to Skill Failure Anxiety and perceptual-motor performance: toward an integrated model of concepts, mechanisms, and processes An Integrative Framework of Stress, Attention, and Visuomotor...

Duration: 00:20:01


74 – Interview with Sam Vine, Exeter, Quiet Eye, Pressure, VR Training

8/22/2017
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A discussion with Sam Vine. Senior Lecturer of Psychology & Human Movement Science from the University of Exeter. We discuss recent research and unresolved issues related to the Quiet Eye, appraisal of stress and performing under pressures, and Sam’s new VR training venture, Cineon Training. More information about my...

Duration: 00:37:31


73 – Attentional Theories of Choking Under Pressure Revisited I: Critiques

8/15/2017
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Is focusing one’s attention on skill execution as a result of increased self-consciousness really the primary cause “choking under pressure”? Is the evidence in support of this theory flawed? Articles/links: Putting pressure on theories of choking: towards an expanded perspective on breakdown in skilled performance The fourth dimension: A motoric perspective on the anxiety–performance relationship Anxiety and perceptual-motor performance: toward an integrated model of concepts,...

Duration: 00:31:57


72 – Interview with Edward Coughlan, CIT, Skill Acquisition & Deliberate Practice

8/8/2017
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A discussion with Edward Coughlan. Lecturer in Skill Acquisition at the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland. We discuss practice design, skill acquisition, deliberate practice, and occlusion training with Chin Up Googles. More information about my guest: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Edward_Coughlan2 http://dredwardcoughlan.com/profile/ https://twitter.com/DrSkillAcq http://www.chinupgoggles.com/ More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page...

Duration: 00:42:30


Skill Acquisition AZ (SAAZ) 2017 Meeting Announcement

8/7/2017
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Meeting webpage: http://perceptionaction.com/saaz/ If you are interested in attending please take the short survey on this page to help choose a date and provide info about presentation topics.

Duration: 00:01:09


71 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills III: Altering Reality for Research

8/1/2017
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How have researchers used virtual environments to distort reality, disobey gravity, create conflicting feedback, and alter an athlete’s perception in the name of science? How have they effectively brought rate events in sports into the lab? Articles/links: Behavior of College Baseball Players in a Virtual Batting Task Perceiving and Acting upon Spaces in a VR Rugby Task: Expertise Effects in Affordance Detection and Task Achievement Virtual reality as a tool for the study of...

Duration: 00:30:17


70 – Interview with Anne Benjaminse, Groningen, Attentional Focus in Injury Prevention & Recovery

7/25/2017
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A discussion with Anne Benjaminse from the Department for Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. We discuss the role of attentional focus in injury prevention and recovery, using video feedback and VR as rehabilitation tools, and making “return to play” decisions. More information about my guest: http://www.rug.nl/staff/a.benjaminse/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anne_Benjaminse https://twitter.com/annebenjaminse More...

Duration: 00:14:03


69 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills II: Evaluating the Evidence

7/18/2017
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How effective are VEs for sports training? Have they achieved good fidelity? Can they induce competitive anxiety? Does augmentation help performance? Do they show evidence of transfer of training? Articles/links: Distance Perception in Real and Virtual Environments Do monocular time-to-collision estimates necessarily involve perceived distance? Motion in depth: Adequate and inadequate simulation Virtual exertions: evoking the sense of exerting forces in virtual reality using...

Duration: 00:48:36


68 – Interview with Emma Mosley, Southampton Solent, Emotional Intelligence, HRV & Pressure

7/11/2017
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A discussion with Emma Mosley, Lecturer in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University. We discuss topics including emotional intelligence, guidelines for using heart rate variability, performance under pressure, and links between personality traits and sports. More information about my guest: https://www.solent.ac.uk/staff-profiles/academic-profiles/emma-mosley/emma-mosley https://ww.researchgate.net/profile/Emma_Mosley https://twitter.com/...

Duration: 00:29:54


67 – Virtual Environments for Training & Understanding Sports Skills I: Why, How and When?

7/4/2017
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What are the potential advantages of using virtual environments (VE) to train and study sports skills? How should a VE be evaluated? How important is fidelity, presence, and cost? When is the best time to use a VE in relation to skill level and physical training? Why haven’t VE’s been more widely adopted? Articles/links: A review of virtual environments for training in ball sports Understanding perception and action in sport: how can virtual reality technology help? Examination of...

Duration: 00:29:20


66 – Interview with Gerard Jones, Bristol Rovers FC, Coaching to Develop Decision Making

6/27/2017
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A discussion with Gerard Jones, Head of Coaching at Bristol Rovers Football Club. We discuss topics including developing decision making skills in players through improved communication, how to handle regional differences in sports vocabulary, encouraging different levels of knowledge in players, and how to balance player and coach development. More information about my...

Duration: 00:39:03


65 – Body Awareness, Kinaesthetic Sensitivity & Proprioceptive Training

6/20/2017
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How important is feel or body awareness in sports? How can we assess kinaesthetic sensitivity and proprioceptive acuity in athletes and can these be improved through training? How does it influence an athlete’s ability to implement technical changes? Articles: Level of competitive success achieved by elite athletes and multi-joint proprioceptive ability Exploring the kinaesthetic sensitivity of skilled performers for implementing movement instructions Examining the Effects of...

Duration: 00:22:18


64 – Intermittent Vision: How Much Do We Need to Be Able to See To Act?

6/13/2017
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How well can we integrate samples from a visual scene (e.g. when an outfielder is trying to catch a fly ball and has to look from the ball to the wall and back)? How long of a view do we need and what interval between samples can we tolerate? Does training to perform under such intermittent conditions result in improvements and transfer to performance in full vision conditions? Articles: Intermittent visual pickup and goal directed movement: a review Integration of intermittent visual...

Duration: 00:19:52

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