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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 29, 2015

News: My new year’s resolutions for 2016.  Is there any evidence of NBA players being clutch under pressure?

Articles:

Do clutch players win the game? Testing the validity of the clutch player's reputation in basketball

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.com/

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

robgray@asu.edu

Twitter: @shakeywaits

 

Credits:

Roger McGuinn- Aulde Lang Syne

VicRippa – Jordan in the Clutch

 

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Dec 22, 2015

How much does an athlete need to practice to become truly elite? What should it involve?  Should it be fun?  Can everyone become a great athlete if they just practice enough?  In this episode, I focus on the most well- known theory in this area called Deliberate Practice, popularized as the 10,000 hour rule.

Technically Challenged: Review of the Gazepoint GP3 Eye tracker and software http://www.gazept.com/product/gazepoint-gp3-eye-tracker/

Links to articles discussed:

The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance

Outliers: The Story of Success

Wrestling with the nature of expertise: a sport specific test of Ericsson, Krampe and Tesch-Romer's (1993) theory of deliberate practice

The Developmental Activities of Elite Ice Hockey Players

Annual age-grouping and athlete development: a meta-analytical review of relative age effects in sport

Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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

Paul Collins Beat – Working Too Hard

Josh Woodward – Effortless

The Willing – Better

The Ettes – Crown of Age

Beans & Bullets - Love Machine

 

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Dec 17, 2015

A replay of our live discussion on the topic skill acquisition in which we covered topics including: Early specialization vs diversification? Deliberate play vs deliberate practice? Are athletes born or made? What fundamental movement skills should a young athlete acquire? What advice would we give ourselves as young athletes if we could go back in time?

 

Articles/Links:

Late specialization: the key to success in centimeters, grams, or seconds (cgs) sport

Genomic predictors of trainability

Fundamental Movement Skills Are More than Run, Throw and Catch: The Role of Stability Skills

 

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 Dirtbombs – Get it While You Can

The Greenhornes – Saying Goodbye

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Dec 15, 2015

How do people regulate and modify their emotions (e.g., when pretending to like a bad gift)? Is this what is involved in choking under pressure? Why do people slip on ice – is our visual system letting us down, literally? Why does everybody hate fruit cake – a lesson in multisensory perception?

 

Articles:

Esteem threat, self-regulatory breakdown, and emotional distress as factors in self-defeating behavior

Temporal links to performing under pressure in international soccer penalty shootouts

Reappraising Threat: How to Optimize Performance Under Pressure

There's No Prospective Information About Friction, or, Why I Fell Over on the Ice

A systems perspective of slip and fall accidents on icy and snowy surfaces

Why walkers slip: shine is not a reliable cue for slippery ground

On the psychological impact of food colour

 

More information:

http://www.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:

Reigning Sound - If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home

Mudhoney – Slipping Away

Rocketship Park – Cakes & Cookies

Rue Royale – Deck the Halls 

 

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Dec 8, 2015

How can we learn to shoot a basketball by thinking about a cookie jar and learn to putt a golf ball by thinking about toothpaste?!!  Can a novice athlete really become great without being given any verbal instructions about how to actually perform their skill? In the episode, I explore some approaches to learning and coaching sports skills that are radically different to the traditional methods most of us have experienced. 

My Research Influences: Barrie Frost, Queens University, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Barrie_Frost 

 

Links to articles discussed:

The implicit benefit of learning without errors

Analogy learning and the performance of motor skills under pressure

From novice to no know-how: a longitudinal study of implicit motor learning

Challenges and Solutions When Applying Implicit Motor Learning Theory in a High Performance Sport Environment: Examples from Rugby League

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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

Golden Blondes – Skilled

The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind

Reigning Sound – Everything I Do is Wrong

Alabama Shakes - Hang Loose

My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday

via freemusicarchive.org and jamendo.com

 

 

Dec 7, 2015
Dec 3, 2015

A discussion with Josh Miller, Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences at Bocconni University, about his and Adam Sanjurjo’s recent work which has reversed the findings of 30 years of research on performance streaks in sports. Their work provides pretty convincing evidence that the hot hand is not a fallacy or illusion after all. I try (and fail) to explain the sampling bias they identified in my own words. In addition we discuss performance under pressure, how athletes know a teammate is hot or not, slumps and the future of research in this area.

 

More information about my guest:

http://didattica.unibocconi.eu/mypage/index.php?IdUte=111643&cognome=MILLER&nome=JOSHUA%20BENJAMIN&urlBackMy=

 

Articles/links:

Is it a Fallacy to Believe in the Hot Hand in the NBA Three-Point Contest?

Surprised by the Gambler's and Hot Hand Fallacies? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers

Collection of reactions to Josh and Adam’s papers

 

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

 

Dec 1, 2015

News: Do soccer goalkeepers suffer from the gambler’s fallacy in penalty shoot-outs? Are expert sailors better at judging the direction of wind from the feel on their skin?

 

 Articles:

The gambler's fallacy in penalty shootouts

Expertise effects in cutaneous wind perception

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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 Crevulators – Gambler’s Blues

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Bad News

Beach Baby – Glove Compartment

via freemusicarchive.org 

 

 

Nov 30, 2015

How do fans perceive the action going on in sports?  Does your ability to watch a sport improve with hours of practice in front of your TV?  How does the perception of fans differ from the perception of the athletes themselves? Why was the Fox puck pure evil?

Articles/links:

Action anticipation and motor resonance in elite basketball players

Foul or dive? Motor contributions to judging ambiguous foul situations in football

Psychophysiological Responses of Sport Fans

 

The Fox Puck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grOttsHuuzE

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

Nov 24, 2015

How do we use vision to control the placement of our feet on rough terrain, to avoid spraining that ankle?  How do anxiety, fear and fatigue change the way we perform these activities?  What differs between elite and novice climbers?  Did I survive a rim to rim hike in the Grand Canyon? Let’s hit the trail….

Articles:

Visual control of foot placement when walking over complex terrain

Anxiety–performance relationships in climbing: a process-oriented approach

Anxiety-induced changes in movement behaviour during the execution of a complex whole-body task.

Changes in the perception of action possibilities while climbing to fatigue on a climbing wall

Practice with anxiety improves performance, but only when anxious: evidence for the specificity of practice hypothesis

Short report: the effect of expertise in hiking on recognition memory for mountain scenes

 

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

Closely Watched Trains – Hills Climb

The Spectacular Fantastic – Echo Mountain

Arsonist – Hot Salsa Trip\

Johnny Weltraum – Blackout

Karmafish – Dusty Trail

via freemusicarchive.org and jamendo.com

 

Nov 23, 2015

Is Pearl Izumi right: “marathons have changed from a race to run to a box to be checked”? Is Associative or Dissociative Attention better for running and how does it depend on pace?

 

Articles/links:

http://community.runnersworld.com/topic/pearl-izumi-ad-campaign?reply=54776376858447655

Attentional focus in endurance activity: new paradigms and future directions

A social-cognitive perspective of perceived exertion and exertion tolerance

Marathon Training Academy podcast

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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Nov 19, 2015

A discussion with Keith Davids, Professor of Motor Learning at Sheffield Hallam University and an innovator of the constraints lead approach to skill acquisition and coaching. We discuss using ecological dynamics to study sports performance, sport analytics, ecological psychology, team coordination and designing for exercise and health promotion. 

 

More information about my guest:

http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cser/professor-keith-davids

http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/dynamics-of-skill-acquisition

https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415744393

http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Perception-Action-Sport-Davids/dp/041918290X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K17791XqNqU

 

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

 

Nov 17, 2015

News: Why is it so difficult to play against left-handed opponents in sports? Will you drivers be ready when automated cars need them to take over?

 

Articles:

Skilled players' and novices' difficulty anticipating left- vs. right-handed opponents' action intentions varies across different points in time

What determines the take-over time? An integrated model approach of driver take-over after automated driving

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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:

Mr & Mrs Smith – Left Handed Right Handed Blues

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Bad News

Andy Wagner – Driver’s Seat

 

via freemusicarchive.org 

Nov 16, 2015

My Review of the book “See to Play, The Eyes of Elite Athletes” by Dr Michael Peters. Do I see eye to eye with his views on the role of vision in sports?

 

Articles/links:

http://www.amazon.com/See-To-Play-Elite-Athletes/dp/1938008006

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

 

Nov 10, 2015

Making adjustments to a heavily practiced, well established skill can be one of the most difficult tasks required of an experienced athlete. Although there can be several situations in sport for which this is required (e.g., rule or/and equipment changes, advancement to a higher level of play), there are a dearth of empirical studies that have examined the processes underlying successful technique change. In this episode, I explore what is involved in: opening an athlete’s performance black box to get the new technique in place and then hiding the key so that it is resistant to the effects of pressure. 

Research confessions: Why aren’t practitioners reading our papers?

 

Links to articles discussed:

Switching tools: perceptual-motor recalibration to weight changes

Two methods for recommending bat weights

On the fragility of skilled performance: what governs choking under pressure?

Refining and regaining skills in fixation/diversification stage performers: the Five-A Model

A case study of technical change and rehabilitation: Intervention design and interdisciplinary team interaction

Sources, topics and use of knowledge by coaches

To What Extent do the Findings of Laboratory-Based Spatial Attention Research Apply to the Real-World Setting of Driving?

 

Tim Tebow video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=22&v=4deYMDDxC34

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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

June & Jean Millington – One for Change

Lame Drivers – Change Your Mind

Junk Boys – No Change

Benji Cossa –Time for a Change

Farmertan  - Ugly Truth

 

via freemusicarchive.org and jamendo.com

 

 

Nov 5, 2015

The Perception & Action Podcast is going LIVE and I want you to be involved (or at least just watch). On Wednesday November 11, 2015 at 9AM AZ/8 AM PST I will host my first live discussion on the general topic of skill acquisition using blab.im.  My co-host for this topic will be performance advisor and coach for the NFL, Shawn Myszka.  

Blab.im is a new platform which allows up to 4 people to video chat.  The fun thing is that people can jump in an out for as long as they like and "fill the seats" around the discussion table. There is also a chat room for people to get side discussions going and/or ask questions.

To subscribe so you will be notified when we do go live please go to:

https://blab.im/rob-gray-the-perception-action-podcast-live-skill-acquisition-in-sports-1

For more information please see:

http://perceptionaction.com/live/

If you can't make the live event the audio will be used to create a future podcast episode and the video will be posted on http://perceptionaction.com/live/

Finally, I will be hosting more of these in the future so if you have topic ideas and/or would like to be a co-host please contact me.

 

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

via freemusicarchive.org

 

Nov 3, 2015

A discussion with Shawn Myszka, movement skills trainer for the National Football League. We discuss connecting research and practice, technique change, dealing with injury, choking under pressure and look at the constraints lead or dynamic systems approach to skill acquisition. 

 

More information about my guest:

https://footballbeyondthestats.wordpress.com/

http://www.optimizemovement.com/sq/35323-movement-mastery-intro

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI0sfP6vEMuR-EyC673uplg

 

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

Nov 2, 2015

The second installment of My Head Training Journey where I examine whether a smart phone app can improve sports performance. Does the luge game race to the finish or going flying off the track?  My first episode on this topic can be found here: http://perceptionaction.com/11d

 

Articles/Links:

http://headtrainer.com/#/

As soon as the bat met the ball, I knew it was gone”: Outcome prediction, hindsight bias, and the representation and control of action in expert and novice baseball players

Visual and skill effects on soccer passing performance, kinematics, and outcome estimations

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

 

Oct 29, 2015

How prevalent are superstitious rituals in sports e.g., always wearing the same socks, eating the same meal or listening to the same music on game day? Do they serve actually serve a purpose?

 

Articles:

Superstitious behavior in sport: Levels of effectiveness and determinants of use in three collegiate sports

Superstitious Behavior Among American and Japanese Professional Baseball Players

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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:

Port City Music – Night Terrors

Out of Orion – Horror House

Little Debbie – Halloween Instrumental

Aritus –Path of Witches

Shrink - Fearworks

Blik – Halloween Rendezvous

Nightfall-Psicodreams

Lullaby for the Darkness - Psicodreams

Monk Turner –Halloween Night

 

 

via freemusicarchive.org 

Oct 27, 2015

Recovering from an injury can be one of the most difficult challenges an athlete can face.  In this episode I discuss two topics related to this issue. First, I look at the growing epidemic that is sport related concussions  and consider issues related to detection, assessment, multiple concussion syndrome, and when an athlete can return to play.  Second, I discuss the role of attention in recovery from knee and elbow injuries and how we might get an athlete to stop being overly focused on their injury.

 

Technically Challenged: A few podcast recommendations

 

Links to articles discussed:

Sport-related concussions: a review of epidemiology, challenges in diagnosis, and potential risk factors

Neuropsychological testing for sports-related concussion: how athletes can sandbag their baseline testing without detection

Perceptual relearning of complex visual motion after V1 damage in humans

The effects of attentional focus on jump performance and knee joint kinematics in patients after ACL reconstruction

 

Other podcasts links:

http://www.radiolab.org

http://www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/

http://www.eis2win.co.uk/Pages/inthezone_podcasts.aspx

http://eliteftssportsperformance.libsyn.com/

http://humanfactorsblog.org/2015/07/10/psychology-podcasts/

 

More information:

http://www.perceptionactionpodcast.libsyn.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

Reigning Sound – Love Won’t Leave You With a Song

Jahzzar – Out of School

Archers – Radical Opinion

Brian Fallon – American Slang

Beans & Bullets – Love Machine

 

via freemusicarchive.org and jamendo.com

Oct 26, 2015

Dynavision is a visual training device that has been marketed for improving sports performance and has been around for roughly 25 years.  It has received a lot of anecdotal support from athlete but what does the research say about its effectiveness.  Surely, in 25 years there must be a ton of studies that have evaluated it? What can we learn from this case study of visual training in sport?

 

Articles:

High-Performance Vision Training Improves Batting Statistics for University of Cincinnati Baseball Players

An Exploratory Study of the Potential Effects of Vision Training on Concussion Incidence in Football

The impact of a sports vision training program in youth field hockey players

The influence of sport goggles on visual target detection in female intercollegiate athletes

L-alanyl-L-glutamine ingestion maintains performance during a competitive basketball game

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

 

Oct 22, 2015

A discussion with Alana D’Andrade, Director of Business Development for Fitlight Sport Corporation whose main product is the Fitlight Trainer, a system designed to improve an athlete’s reaction time, speed, agility and awareness. Along with exploring the Fitlight Trainer in detail, we also discuss the value of research validation for products like this and what it’s like to be a part of the rapidly expanding sports technology industry.

 

More information about product discussed:

http://www.fitlighttraining.com/

https://twitter.com/fitlighttrainer

 

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 19, 2015

Does making an athlete wait longer to perform a high pressure action (e.g., icing the kicker in football) increase the chance of them choking?  If so, why does it occur?

 

Articles:

Haste does not always make waste: Expertise, direction of attention, and speed versus accuracy in performing sensorimotor skills

Pressure Kicks in the NFL: An Archival Exploration into the Deployment of Timeouts and Other Environmental Correlates

 

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

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

via freemusicarchive.org

 

 

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