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The Perception & Action Podcast - Sports Science & Psychology Talk

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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Dec 6, 2016

A look at visual channeling theory and its consequences for perception. Why are some people blind to approaching objects in certain areas of their visual field and what implications does it have for sport?

 

Articles/links:

The Charles F. Prentice Award Lecture 1990: specific tests and specific blindnesses: keys, locks, and parallel processing

Visual field defects for unidirectional and oscillatory motion in depth

Impaired Velocity Processing Reveals an Agnosia for Motion in Depth

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Beggar’s Velvet – Blind

Gentleman Jesse – If I Can See You

5440 – I Go Blind

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Nov 29, 2016

My report from the Sports Biometrics Conference held from Nov 13-15, 2016.  Issues discussed include validity of analytics data, whether athletes are going to agree to be continuously monitored and the frequent disconnect between science and practice.

 

Articles/links:

http://sports-biometrics-conference.com/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2097866-the-sleeve-that-could-save-baseball-exclusive-look-at-new-mlb-technology

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

The Dark Brothers – Watching People

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

Nov 22, 2016

News: A look at a few recent articles examining the effects of anxiety and pressure on performance and methods for counteracting these effects. Does pressure effect the planning or online control of movements? Could increasing anxiety in practice benefit motor learning?  What are holistic goals and how can they reduce pressure effects?

 

Articles:

The interaction between practice and performance pressure on the planning and control of fast target directed movement

Perceptual-motor learning benefits from increased stress and anxiety

Anxiety and motor performance: More evidence for the effectiveness of holistic process goals as a solution to the process goal paradox

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Mouthbreathers – Anxiety

Wyldlife – She’s Making Me Nervous

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Nov 15, 2016

Why do we have two eyes?  Is binocular vision necessary for successful performance of motor actions like those involved in sports and driving? Or is it just redundant information? What is it like to live with just one eye?

 

Articles/links:

Binocular Vision and Stereopsis

The visual and driving performance of monocular and binocular heavy-duty truck drivers

Vision with one eye: a review of visual function following unilateral enucleation

Prospective Assessment of Stereoscopic Visual Status and USAF Pilot Training Attrition

Why two eyes are better than one: the two views of binocular vision

The acquisition of catching under monocular and binocular conditions

The contribution of stereo vision to one-handed catching

The development of adaptive head movements following enucleation.

Foundations of cyclopean perception

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/06/19/stereo-sue

Random dot stereograms: http://www.magiceye.com/

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

The Love Me Nots – I’m the One

The Demands – One Thing

Freakwater – Number One with a Bullet

Calexico – Two Silver Trees

Single Bullet Theory – Miss Two Knives

Steadman – Two Together

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

Nov 8, 2016

Which is better: specific or variable practice?  How does it depend on what you are trying to achieve in terms of retention and transfer of skill? The ultramarathon as a complex system and my report on surviving my first one!

 

Articles/links:

A sensorimotor basis for motor learning: evidence indicating specificity of practice

Specificity and variability of practice

Specificity of Learning a Sport Skill to the Visual Condition of Acquisition

 

Cave Creek Thriller 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVk-ECgORD4

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

#1s – Long Way to Go

Zaki Ibrahim & Fresh Kils - Long Time Running

Paul Collins Beat – Long Time Gone

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

Oct 31, 2016

Is fear in a performer a debilitating problem that must be overcome? Or can freezing from fear actually improve our ability to perceive and act?

 

Articles:

Ready and waiting: Freezing as active action preparation under threat

Simulated self-motion alters perceived time to collision

Freezing promotes perception of coarse visual features

Seeing fearful body language rapidly freezes the observer's motor cortex

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

Port City Music – Night Terrors

Sleep Out – Halloween Parade

Monk Turner – Halloween Night

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Oct 25, 2016

A look at perceptual-motor development from the ecological perspective.  If it’s not pre-programmed by our genetics, how does a child’s pattern of movements emerge from the dynamical constraints of their environment? And how does movement shape perceptual discovery?

 

Articles/links:

Motor Development: A New Synthesis

Infant bouncing: The assembly and tuning of action systems

Crawling versus walking infants' perception of affordances for locomotion over sloping surfaces

Motor Development (Adolph & Berger)

Motor development and the mind: the potential role of motor abilities as a determinant of aspects of perceptual development

Development of visual motion perception for prospective control: brain and behavioral studies in infants

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Ace & The Gulls – Baby Said

Paul Collins Beat – Baby I’m in Love With You

The Uniques – Mother & Child Reunion

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Oct 18, 2016

A discussion Andrew Wilson from Leeds Beckett. We discuss ecological psychology ideas like motor abundance, functional equivalence and degeneracy, Andrew’s recent study on task dynamics and information in throwing, his work on affordances and throwing prehistoric stones, and the current and future state of the ecological approach.

 

More information about my guest:

http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/dr-andrew-wilson/

http://psychsciencenotes.blogspot.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/PsychScientists

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Wilson14

 

Link to motor abundance video mentioned:

http://psychsciencenotes.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-bliss-of-motor-abundance.html

 

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits

Email: robgray@asu.edu

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Oct 13, 2016

A look at perceptual-motor development from an information processing, stage-based perspective.  What is the relative importance of genetics and early experience? Are their critical periods in which perceptual and motor skills must develop? What is an efference copy?

 

Articles/links:

What Is Motor Development? The Lessons of History

Infancy and Human Growth

Effects of visual deprivation on morphology and physiology of cells in the cat's lateral geniculate body

Extent of recovery from the effects of visual deprivation in kittens

Movement-produced stimulation in the development of visually guided behavior

Organization of Early Skilled Action

The Principle of Reafference: Interactions between the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Organs

Paralysis of the Awake Human: Visual Perceptions

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages - I'm A Full-Grown Man

The Party Faithful – Childish Notion

The Hussy – Baby Child

Ben Sollee – Obvious Child

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Oct 11, 2016

Thinking aloud about some sports science issues as I prepare for my first 50K ultra.  What is the optimal focus of attention for a runner and how does it change as you switch from road to trail?  How can one best acquire the skill of downhill running?  Does it depend on where you look?

 

Articles/links:

My training log: https://www.strava.com/athletes/17201121

Race I am doing: http://www.aravaiparunning.com/cave-creek-thriller/

Related blog post with figures: http://perceptionaction.com/37d/

“Look around while running!” Attentional focus effects in inexperienced runners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PE0fbapiyQ

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Miss Derrinnger – Better Run Away From Me

Trash Ride – Running Around

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

 

Attention figure

Oct 6, 2016

A discussion with Kylie Steel Senior Lecturer in the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University in Australia. In the interview we discuss biological motion: what is it and how can we apply it to sport, how important is it to be able to quickly recognize a teammate on the field or court, do compression garments work and if so how, and how are skilled acquisition professionals viewed by coaches and players.

 

More information about my guest:

http://www.uws.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/doctor_kylie_steel

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kylie_Steel

https://au.linkedin.com/in/kylie-steel-b62b71123

https://twitter.com/kylie_steel2016

 

Biological motion demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0kLC-pridI

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits

Email: robgray@asu.edu

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Oct 4, 2016

What is stereotype threat and how can it affect sports performance? Is it possible that being challenged by a statement like “girls can’t play sports” could make a female athlete perform better in some situations?

 

Articles:

On the causal mechanisms of stereotype threat: can skills that don't rely heavily on working memory still be threatened?

“Girls should cook, rather than kick!” – Female soccer players under stereotype threat

Girls can play ball: Stereotype threat reduces variability in a motor skill

The effect of stereotype threat on performance of a rhythmic motor skill.

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

June & Jean Millington – Play Like a Girl

The Strangers - Stereotypical

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

Sep 29, 2016

A discussion with Joe Baker, Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University in Canada. Topics include: how good are we at identifying talent, early specialization vs diversification, designing effective learning environments, retention and transfer of sports skills, and are sports good for our long term health?

 

More information about my guest:

http://www.yorku.ca/bakerj/

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joe_Baker

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-baker-320b9a32

https://twitter.com/bakerjyorku

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits

Email: robgray@asu.edu

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Sep 27, 2016

A look at the unique perceptual and cognitive issues associated with uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters. Are fully automated drones a good idea? What are some of the technologies that have been developed to improve performance with these alternative forms of flight?

-Knowing when not to act in sports (Time 19:36)

 

Articles/links:

Human Factors Implications of UAVs in the National Airspace

Impact of prior flight experience on learning Predator UAV operator skills

Good Vibrations: Tactile Feedback in Support of Attention Allocation and Human-Automation Coordination in Event-Driven Domains

Target Acquisition With UAVs: Vigilance Displays and Advanced Cuing Interfaces

Tactile situation awareness system: proprioceptive prostheses for sensory deficiencies.

Knowing when not to swing: EEG evidence that enhanced perception–action coupling underlies baseball batter expertise

http://www.decervo.com/

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Mr & Mrs. Smith – Big Jet Wings

The Snow – Creatures on the Wing

Snake Oil Salesman – Bird on a Wire

Toy Sugar – Waiting for the Night

Parting Gifts – Don’t Stop

Pheasant – Letting Go

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Sep 22, 2016

A discussion with Costas Karageorghis, Reader in Sport Psychology from Brunel University and author of the new book “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport”. We discuss topics including how music can make athletes perform better and for longer, how music effects an athlete’s attentional focus and perceived effort, how to choose the best music for a particular sport or activity, when not to use music and how teams can use music.

 

More information about my guest:

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/costas-karageorghis

Applying Music in Exercise and Sport:

https://www.amazon.com/Applying-Music-Exercise-Costas-Karageorghis/dp/1492513814/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=perceactiopod-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=63bc3f266671ee616fcafc755e9314d7&creativeASIN=1492513814

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits

Email: robgray@asu.edu

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Sep 20, 2016

News: What type of feedback do coaches give to boxers between rounds? Does the attentional focus, level of autonomy and valence of the feedback relate to winning and losing? How do the inherent capabilities of a performer (i.e., skill level) interact with their momentary capabilities?

 

Articles/links:

http://sports-biometrics-conference.com/

Coaching cues in amateur boxing: An analysis of ringside feedback provided between rounds of competition

Location estimation of approaching objects is modulated by the observer’s inherent and momentary action capabilities

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Suspicious Beasts – Punch Me in the Face

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Bad News

Favourite Game – The #1’s

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Sep 15, 2016

A discussion with Amit Katwala, senior writer for Sport Magazine and author of the new book: The Athletic Brain: How Neuroscience is Revolutionizing Sport and Can Help You Perform Better.  we discuss topics including how the brains of elites athletes are different than normal people, some methods teams are using to short cut this process with brain training, ways you can trick yourself into having greater endurance, how to better diagnose concussion, the idea of sporting IQ, and examples of sports psychology at work in the recent Olympic games.

 

More information about my guest:

http://amitkatwala.co.uk/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amit-katwala-50795115

 

https://www.amazon.com/Athletic-Brain-Neuroscience-Revolutionising-Perform/dp/1471155900/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=perceactiopod-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=2fa24acccb92a382c18d667dbcb888f0&creativeASIN=1471155900

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits

Email: robgray@asu.edu

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lo Fi is Hi Fi - I’m on a Talk Show

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Sep 13, 2016

A look at some of the developments in cockpit technology. Do “glass cockpits” really lead to better flying performance? Can Head-Up Displays and Highways in the Sky reduce pilot workload? Has automation in aviation lived up to its promise?

-Why does having a “quiet eye” resulting in better sports performance? (Time 20:45)

 

Articles/links:

Learning to fly glass cockpits requires a new cognitive model.

Can a glass cockpit display help (or hinder) performance of novices in simulated flight training?

Cognitive Issues in Head-Up Displays

Attentional Tunneling and Task Management in Synthetic Vision Displays

An Information-Centered Analysis of the Tunnel-in-the-Sky Display

Automation surprises

Identifying the causal mechanisms of the quiet eye

Fixational eye movements (Special Issue)

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/brain-games/videos/brain-games-pay-attention/

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

The GrOOming – Glass Room

Lo-fi is sci-fi – Oil on Glass

Song Machine – Keep Outta My Head!

Mount Caramel – Swallow Me Up

The Dirtbombs – By My Side

We Were Promised – Quiet Little Voices

Still Pluto – Open Up Your Eyes

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Sep 6, 2016

News: A look at a couple recent motor learning studies. How can we build on basic concepts such like contextual interference and extrinsic feedback to speed skill acquisition?

 

Articles:

The Effect of Gradual Increase in Contextual Interference on Acquisition, Retention and Transfer of Volleyball Skills

More Feedback Is Better than Less: Learning a Novel Upper Limb Joint Coordination Pattern with Augmented Auditory Feedback

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Bad News

Superdrag – Everything Will Be Made Right

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Sep 1, 2016

One of the greatest challenges those of us working in sports currently face is how to keep athletes healthy and on the field.  Should we take a conservative approach, giving them more rest days and not pushing them so hard in practice?  Or should we believe what doesn’t kill them will only make the stronger?  Is there a way we can use analytics, biomechanics or movement analyses to predict when an injury is likely to occur?  As parents, should we steering or kids away from sports with a higher likelihood of injury? How should we best manage the physical and psychological challenges associated with injury recovery? A review of the book “The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” which explores these questions in the context of baseball pitching injuries.

 

Link:

The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Eilen Jewell _ Codeine Arms

Mondo Topless – It Hurts Me

 

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

 

Aug 30, 2016

A discussion of the history of flight training with an emphasis on flight simulation. What makes a good simulator? Should it really perfectly re-create the real world? Can we identify effective pilots through screening tests?

-Part vs whole training in sport (Time 21:01)

 

Articles/links:

The Link Trainer

Naive Realism: Misplaced Faith in Realistic Displays

Motion in depth: Adequate and inadequate simulation

Relationship between sustained, orientated, divided, and selective attention and simulated aviation performance: Training & pressure effects

Effectiveness of part-task training and increasing-difficulty training strategies: a meta-analysis approach

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Nymphea - Fly

Jenny O – Learned My Lessons

Live Ones – We’ll Take You Higher

Dan Alfresco  - Flying High

Mr & Mrs Smith – Summer in the Sky

The Above – You Make it Real

Box Elders - Hole

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Aug 25, 2016

What are conditional probabilities and how can they be used to help you draft and set you weekly lineup for a fantasy football team?

More About the Analysis:

http://perceptionaction.com/bayesintro

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Lame Drivers –Let Me Get Those Numbers Down

White Hillls – Condition of Nothing

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Aug 23, 2016

A few thoughts on the “Seeing the forest and the trees: Theoretical and practical issues in sport expertise” workshop held in conjunction with Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSA) on June 14, 2016.

http://naspspa.com/2016-naspspa-conference-workshops/

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

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Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Seastock – Garage Rock Shuffle

Seastock – Upbeat Garage Rock

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Aug 16, 2016

An analysis of some of the most serious plane crashes that were caused by human error with a goal of understanding what happened in terms of perceptual-motor and cognitive processes. What can we learn from these unfortunate incidents so that they never happen again? 

-Some famous errors on the sports field (Time 23:48)

 

Articles/links:

http://www.planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm

Human Factors in Aviation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_airport_disaster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Florida_Flight_90

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiana_Airlines_Flight_214

 

More information:

http://perceptionaction.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

Gillicuddy- …Plays Guitar

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