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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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Now displaying: October, 2016

**Please see new & improved website at http://perceptionaction.com/ 

 

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

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

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

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

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

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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

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

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

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

 

Credits:

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action

June & Jean Millington – Play Like a Girl

The Strangers - Stereotypical

Mark Lanegan - Saint Louis Elegy

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