Motor Learning and Performance

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9780880115001: Motor Learning and Performance

This introductory undergraduate book offers a fundamental understanding of motor performance theory. Revised and updated, this new edition uses a problem-based approach to learning and skill instruction. Students learn the basics of motor performance while, at the same time, developing problem-solving skills through a series of applied exercises. Using examples that are practical rather than abstract, this text leads students to make the connection between theoretical information and real-life appication. Readers learn how to ask the right questions to conceptualize problems in a more effective way. Based on Richard Schmidt's conceptual model of human performance, this text challenges students to think critically across a wide range of applications. They should then be able to: identify the pertinent factors contributing to the problem; provide viable intervention strategies; apply effective motor learning principles; set up effective practice routines; set realistic goals; measure progress; and apply critical thinking skills.

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Richard A. Schmidt, PhD, is a principal scientist at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Known as one of the research leaders in motor behavior, Dr. Schmidt has nearly 30 years experience in this area and has published widely.

The originator of “schema theory,” Dr. Schmidt founded the Journal of Motor Behavior and was editor for 11 years. He authored the first edition of Motor Control and Learning in 1982 and followed up with a second edition of the popular text in 1988. He received an honorary doctorate from Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in recognition of his work.

Dr. Schmidt is a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Psychonomic Society.

Dr. Schmidt has served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and he received the C.H. McCloy Research Lectureship from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

His leisure time activities include sailboat racing, running, and skiing.

Timothy D. Lee, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Since 1984 his research has been sponsored by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has published extensively in motor behavior and psychology journals and has been an editorial board member for the Journal of Motor Behavior since 1992.

Dr. Lee received the Young Scientist Award from the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology in 1980. He also received a Senior Research Fellowship by the Dienst Onderzoekscoordinatie, Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, in 1991-1992.

Dr. Lee is a member and past president of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology, and a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, the Psychonomic Society, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

His leisure time activities include hockey, golf, and music.

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