The sixth edition of Motor Learning and Performance has been carefully revised to incorporate the most important research findings in the field, and it is supplemented with practice situations to facilitate a stronger link between research-based principles and practical applications. Other highlights include the following:
- A web study guide offers updated principles-to-application exercises and additional interactive activities for each chapter, ensuring that students will be able to transfer core content from the book to various applied settings.
- Extensive updates and new material related to the performance of complex movements expand the theoretical focus to a more in-depth analysis of dynamical systems and the constraints-led approach to learning.
- Narratives from Motor Control in Everyday Actions that appear in the web study guide tie each book chapter to concrete examples of how motor behavior is applicable to real life.
- Photo caption activities pose questions to students to encourage critical thinking, and answers to those questions are provided to instructors in the instructor guide.
The sixth edition of Motor Learning and Performance: From Principles to Application goes beyond simply presenting research—it challenges students to grasp the fundamental concepts of motor performance and learning and then go a step further by applying the concepts. Incorporating familiar scenarios brings the material to life for students, leading to better retention and greater interest in practical application of motor performance and learning in their everyday lives and future careers.
AudienceIntroductory textbook for courses in motor learning, motor performance, and motor behavior; reference for movement practitioners, including coaches, teachers, therapists, athletic trainers, and human-factor experts.
Why Study Motor Skills?
The Science of Motor Learning and Performance
Focus on Research 1.1: Paul M. Fitts
Focus on Research 1.2: Franklin M. Henry, Father of Motor Behavior Research
Components of Skills
Measuring Skilled Performance
Understanding Performance and Learning
Part I. Principles of Skilled Performance
Chapter 2. Processing Information and Making Decisions
The Information-Processing Approach
Focus on Application 2.1: Intent to Blow Whistle Rule in NHL
Reaction Time and Decision Making
Focus on Research 2.1: Donders’ Stages of Processing
Focus on Research 2.2: Hick’s Law
Focus on Application 2.2: Light Switches
Focus on Research 2.3: Assessing Anticipation Skills
Focus on Application 2.3: Cost/Benefit of Anticipating in Sprint Starting
Chapter 3. Attention and Performance
Focus on Application 3.1: William James on Attention
What Is Attention?
Limitations in Stimulus Identification
Focus on Research 3.1: Automatic Stimulus Processing in Basketball
Limitations in Response Selection
Focus on Research 3.2: Distracted-Driving Research
Limitations in Movement Programming
Focus on Research 3.3: The Double-Stimulation Paradigm
Focus of Attention During Action
Decision Making Under Stress
Focus on Application 3.2: Driver Panic and Unintended Acceleration
Chapter 4. Sensory Contributions to Skilled Performance
Sources of Sensory Information
Processing Sensory Information
Focus on Application 4.1: Force Escalation Between Siblings
Principles of Visual Control
Focus on Research 4.1: “Blindsight” Reveals Dorsal and Ventral Stream Processing
Focus on Research 4.2: Gaze Control
Focus on Application 4.2: Visibility in Nighttime Car–Truck Accidents
Audition and Motor Control
Focus on Application 4.3: When Vision Distorts Performance
Chapter 5. Motor Programs
Motor Program Theory
Evidence for Motor Programs
Focus on Research 5.1: The Henry–Rogers Experiment
Focus on Application 5.1: Checked Swings in Baseball
Focus on Research 5.2: Initiating a Motor Program
Motor Programs and the Conceptual Model
Problems in Motor Program Theory: Novelty and Storage
Generalized Motor Program Theory
Focus on Research 5.3: Invariances and Parameters
Focus on Application 5.2: Relative-Timing Fingerprints
Focus on Application 5.3: The Stereo System Analogy
Chapter 6. Principles of Speed, Accuracy, and Timing
Focus on Research 6.1: The Fitts Tasks
Focus on Application 6.1: Fitts’ Law in Everyday Actions
Speed–Accuracy Trade-Off Exceptions
Applying the Principles: Baseball Batting
Speed of Initiating Movement
Chapter 7. Performance of Complex Movements
Traditional Approaches to Studying Complex Movement
Focus on Application 7.1: The Relative-Age Effect
Coordinating Discrete Movements
Focus on Research 7.1: Coordination in Golf Putting
Coordinating Continuous Movements
Focus on Research 7.2: Relative Phase: An Index of Coordination
Part II. Principles of Skill Learning
Chapter 8. Introduction to Motor Learning
Motor Learning Defined
How Is Motor Learning Measured?
Focus on Research 8.1: Learning Curves: Facts or Artifacts?
Distinguishing Learning from Performance
Focus on Application 8.1: Self-Assessments of Learning
Transfer of Learning
Chapter 9. The Motor Learning Process
Focus on Research 9.1: Learning Never Ends
Focus on Application 9.1: Fitts and Bernstein on Learning to Play Ice Hockey
Focus on Research 9.2: A Constraints-Led Approach to Baseball Batting
Chapter 10. Organizing and Scheduling Practice
Motivation for Learning
Demonstrations and Modeling
Focus on Application 10.1: Mental Practice in Stroke Rehabilitation
Organizing Practice and Rest Periods
Variable and Constant Practice
Focus on Research 10.1: Especial Skills: An Exception to Variable Practice?
Blocked and Random Practice
Chapter 11. Augmented Feedback
Functions of Augmented Feedback
Focus on Research 11.1: How Feedback Works
What Feedback to Give
How Much Feedback to Give
Focus on Application 11.1: Physical Guidance in Stroke Rehabilitation
Focus on Application 11.2: Physical Guidance in Learning to Swim
Instructor guide. Includes chapter summary notes for preparing lectures and ideas for presenting topics and engaging students in class discussions. Practical laboratory activities (two per chapter) include questions, examples, tables, and other relevant learning scenarios that can be printed out and handed in. Sample essay questions are provided for potential testing or student assignments. Also included are answers to the photo caption activities featured throughout the text.
Test package. Includes more than 250 true-or-false, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions.
Chapter quizzes. A quiz at the conclusion of each chapter (9 or 10 questions each) helps instructors assess students’ comprehension of the most important concepts in the chapter. Chapter quizzes can be imported into learning management systems or be used in RTF format by instructors who prefer to offer a written quiz.
Presentation package plus image bank. Includes more than 250 PowerPoint slides that highlight material from the text and can be used for class discussion and demonstration. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.
The companion image bank includes most of the figures and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used to develop a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.
Web study guide. Features principles-to-application exercises and interactive activities for each chapter. The 44 narratives from Motor Control in Everyday Actions that are referenced in the book are provided in their entirety in the web study guide to illustrate how motor behavior is applicable to real life.