Are you in Canada? Click here to proceed to the HK Canada website.

For all other locations, click here to continue to the HK US website.

Human Kinetics Logo

Purchase Courses or Access Digital Products

If you are looking to purchase online videos, online courses or to access previously purchased digital products please press continue.

Mare Nostrum Logo

Purchase Print Products or eBooks

Human Kinetics print books and eBooks are now distributed by Mare Nostrum, throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and Middle East, delivered to you from their warehouse. Please visit our new UK website to purchase Human Kinetics printed or eBooks.

Feedback IconFeedback
Motor Learning and Performance 6th Edition epub With Web Study Guide

Motor Learning and Performance 6th Edition epub With Web Study Guide

From Principles to Application

$146.95 CAD


Product Format
    Motor Learning and Performance: From Principles to Application, Sixth Edition With Web Study Guide, enables students to appreciate high-level skilled activity and understand how such incredible performances occur. Written in a style that is accessible even to students with little or no knowledge of physiology, psychology, statistical methods, or other basic sciences, this text constructs a conceptual model of factors that influence motor performance, outlines how motor skills are acquired and retained with practice, and shows students how to apply the concepts to a variety of real-world settings.

    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.
    As the text investigates the principles of human performance, pedagogical aids such as learning objectives, key terms, and Check Your Understanding questions help students stay on track with learning in each chapter. Focus on Research and Focus on Application sidebars deliver more detailed research information and make connections to real-world applications in areas such as teaching, coaching, and therapy.

    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.


    Introductory 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.
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Motor Learning and Performance
    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
    Defining Skills
    Components of Skills
    Classifying Skills
    Measuring Skilled Performance
    Understanding Performance and Learning
    Learning Aids

    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
    Memory Systems
    Learning Aids

    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
    Learning Aids

    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
    Learning Aids

    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
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 6. Principles of Speed, Accuracy, and Timing
    Fitts’ Law
    Focus on Research 6.1: The Fitts Tasks
    Focus on Application 6.1: Fitts’ Law in Everyday Actions
    Schmidt’s Law
    Speed–Accuracy Trade-Off Exceptions
    Applying the Principles: Baseball Batting
    Speed of Initiating Movement
    Learning Aids

    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
    Learning Aids

    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
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 9. The Motor Learning Process
    Skill Acquisition
    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
    Skill Retention
    Skill Transfer
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 10. Organizing and Scheduling Practice
    Motivation for Learning
    Attentional Focus
    Demonstrations and Modeling
    Mental Practice
    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
    Learning Aids

    Chapter 11. Augmented Feedback
    Feedback Classifications
    Functions of Augmented Feedback
    Focus on Research 11.1: How Feedback Works
    What Feedback to Give
    How Much Feedback to Give
    Feedback Timing
    Focus on Application 11.1: Physical Guidance in Stroke Rehabilitation
    Focus on Application 11.2: Physical Guidance in Learning to Swim
    Learning Aids
    Richard A. Schmidt, PhD (1941-2015) was a professor emeritus in the department of psychology at UCLA. At the time of his death, Schmidt ran his own business, Human Performance Research, conducting research and consulting in the area of human factors and human performance. Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in research on motor behavior, he had more than 40 years of experience in the area of motor learning and performance.

    The originator of both schema theory and impulse-variability theory (aka “Schmidt’s Law”), he founded the Journal of Motor Behavior in 1969 and was editor for 11 years. He authored the first edition of Motor Control and Learning in 1982 and the first edition of this book, Motor Learning and Performance, in 1991.

    Schmidt was highly recognized for his contribution of a lifetime of research and writing. In recognition of his work, he received honorary doctorates from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium (in 1992) and the Université Joseph Fourier in France (in 1998). He was a longtime member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), where he served as president in 1982 and received the organization’s two highest honors: the Distinguished Scholar Award for lifetime contributions to research in motor control and learning (in 1992) and the President’s Award for significant contributions to the development and growth of NASPSPA (in 2013). He was also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Psychonomic Society and received the C.H. McCloy Research Lectureship from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. His leisure-time passions included sailboat and Porsche racing.

    Timothy D. Lee, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has published extensively in motor behavior and psychology journals since 1980, served as an editor for the Journal of Motor Behavior and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and has been an editorial board member for Psychological Review. Until his retirement in 2014, his research was supported primarily by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

    Tim has been a member, secretary-treasurer, and president of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) and a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the Psychonomic Society, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. In 1980 Tim received the inaugural Young Scientist Award from SCAPPS, and in 2011 he was named a fellow of the society—its highest honor. He was named an international fellow by the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1999 and awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award by NASPSPA in 2017.

    Tim is an avid golfer who competes in local, national, and international tournaments. He teamed with a good friend to win the Ontario Senior Better Ball Championship in 2017.
    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    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.