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Exploration of how psychological research can be applied to improving performance, accelerating skill acquisition and designing new technologies in sports and other high performance domains. 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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Does training with lighter or heavier than regulation balls improve performance? What adaptations to coordination patterns do they encourage? Do they increase the chance of injury? Articles:Weighted-Ball Velocity Enhancement Programs for Baseball PitchersEffect of a 6-Week Weighted Baseball Throwing Program on Pitch Velocity, Pitching Arm Biomechan…
 
What are the invariant and variant properties in accurate throwing actions? How do skilled performers exploit redundancy in ball release and body level degrees of freedom? Articles:Utilizing hierarchical redundancy for accurate throwing movement More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web pa…
 
What effect does blurring your vision have on sports performance? Can blur actually be used as a training tool to help learners educate their attention to better information sources? Articles:Using Blur for Perceptual Investigation and Training in Sport? A Clear Picture of the Evidence and Implications for Future Research More information: http://p…
 
To celebrate the 400th episode of the podcast, I was joined by a few friends to discuss something I am very passionate about: the role of skill acquisition theory in coaching. Is it just “psychobabble that confuses coaches”? Is it effective (or even possible) to pick and choose and theory for different situations? More information: http://perceptio…
 
I am joined by Rajiv Ranganthan to discuss his recent paper looking at individual differences in motor learning. How effectively can we predict differences in the ability of individuals to learn a new motor skill? What are the best predictor variables? Articles:Predicting individual differences in motor learning: a critical review More information:…
 
A little post game analysis of my discussion/debate with Mike Ashford about ecological vs information processing-based approaches to decision making in sports. Links: Rugby Coach Weekly Podcast More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc) Subscri…
 
How do golfers reorganize the action of putting in response to changes in the task constraints? How does this depend on their own individual constraints? Articles:The re-organization of action in golf putting under different task constraints More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page P…
 
My interview with Otto Lappi and Alan Dove, authors of the new book The Science of the Racer’s Brain. What makes a skilled racing driver? Links: http://racersbrain.org/ 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 Subscribe…
 
What are the key principles of the ecological approach to skill and how do they relate to each other? 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 Subscribe in Anroid/Google Support the podcast and receive bonus content Cre…
 
A review of “Always Pay Attention to the Which Model of Motor Learning You Are Using?” How can we classify different models of motor learning? Can we ever truly replicate findings in this area? Articles: Always Pay Attention to Which Model of Motor Learning You Are Using More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of …
 
How can we reconcile the findings from the large body of research on focus of attention instructions (which has shown a clear benefit for an external focus over an internal one) and the findings from Differential Learning studies (which frequently employ internal instructions)? Articles: External Focus or Differential Learning: Is There an Additive…
 
I was joined by Andrew Wilson from Leeds Beckett to discuss a question we both get a lot: what role does memory play in the ecological approach? Is it really the case that skillful action involves no memory? More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles) My ASU Web page Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics…
 
Is the advance information we get from an opponent’s kinematics, their body language, used to predict/anticipate what is going to happen next as traditionally proposed? Or is it used as information to continuous control preparatory movements? Articles: Hitting movement patterns organized by different pitching movement speeds as advanced kinematic i…
 
My interview with Phil Kearney and Alan Dunton from MSAI discussing their 2022 Webinar series: Applying skill acquisition in different domains. Links: https://twitter.com/MSAIreland 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/Ap…
 
My interview with Todd Hargrove from Better Movement. How can playing with and exploring movement be beneficial? Why should we be thinking options not corrections in movement training and physical therapy? What is the Feldenkrais Method? Links: https://www.bettermovement.org/ https://www.amazon.com/Todd-R-Hargrove/e/B00LLLMEEM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…
 
A look at the extended challenge point hypothesis. How can we get the level difficulty right to challenge a performer? What are 3 different goals coaches should consider when designing a practice? Articles: An extended challenge-based framework for practice design in sports coaching A critical systematic review of the Neurotracker perceptual-cognit…
 
How do the components of our motor system flexibly reorganize in response to task demands? How do we use information about performance errors (knowledge of results) to search for new organizations? Do these processes involve the use of hard-wired motor programs or softly assembled devices specific to the constraints associated with the individual a…
 
A look at the recent systematic review of decision making in sports. Is decision making best explained as being emergent, mental model driven or both? Is this an example of integrating direct and indirect theories of perception? Articles/Links: Understanding a Player’s Decision-Making Process in Team Sports: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidenc…
 
A look Michaels and Palatinus’ 10 commandments for ecological psychology and their implications for skill acquisition research and coaching. Why are the principles of the ecological approach a package deal? Articles/Links: A Ten Commandments for Ecological Psychology More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my a…
 
How does pain shape learning and re-learning to move? How does it change the field of affordances available to an athlete? What is the best way to treat it? Articles/Links: Pain and the field of affordances: an enactive approach to acute and chronic pain https://youtu.be/Xn05zbO4Y-w More information: http://perceptionaction.com/ My Research Gate Pa…
 
Why did I make the switch in my career from thinking about skill as an indirect, predictive process involving internal models to direct perception, ecological dynamics? Why do I think the latter is a better approach to understanding and developing skill? Articles: “Markov at the Bat”: A Model of Cognitive Processing in Baseball Batters A model of m…
 
What is the difference between using online vs offline information to our control our actions on the one hand and the dichotomy between direct vs indirect perception, on the other? How have these been used incorrectly in many attempts to integrate skill acquisition approaches? An attempt at some clarification. Articles/Links: Expert Anticipatory Sk…
 
How can we apply an ecological approach to coaching volleyball? Are the ideas of “repetition without repetition” and motor synergies supported by research on this sport? What has research shown about the benefits of using the CLA and differential learning in volleyball? https://youtu.be/c_yWNTxzaVE https://youtu.be/oULzGe8Lnf4 More information: htt…
 
Can athletes learn to use the auditory information available in a sports environment to improve their performance? Can we see all around us with sound? For those that aren’t familiar with his story, Brian Bushway started to go blind when he was 14 and now has no response to light at all. But amazingly he can still see! Brian has learned to echoloca…
 
How can we make isolated, at home sports training more representative? A discussion with Ryan and Brett from SwitchedOn Training. Links: https://www.switchedontrainingapp.com/ 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 Su…
 
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