Section Motor Learning and Performance

How do skilled performers (e.g., elite athletes, musicians, and police officers) learn to execute their highly skilled motor actions under the most difficult of circumstances? Or can people with movement problems (e.g. children with cerebral palsy, older adults with a stroke) learn to improve their motor actions in daily activities, and if so how? Our research seeks to answer these questions by investigating motor control and learning in sport, rehabilitation, physical education and other performance settings during different stages of development (from babies through to elite performers).

By better understanding motor learning and performance, our research informs the best ways to acquire and facilitate skill in motor tasks. We do so by examining the interaction between a task (e.g., object characteristics, task instructions, digital technology), the environment in which it is performed (e.g., when under pressure, doing two things at once), and the characteristics of the actor performing the task (e.g., expertise, brain damage, emotions) with a special emphasis on visual perception (e.g., by using gaze recordings).