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Motor Learning and PerformanceRichard Schmidt, Craig Wrisberg
5th Edition
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400 pages

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The student-friendly third edition of Motor Learning and Performance expands on the fundamentals of motor performance and learning, providing valuable supporting literature and current research results. The text shows students how to apply the principles of motor learning and performance in a variety of real-world situations, including teaching, coaching, the design of performer-friendly equipment and work environments, rehabilitation, and everyday motor skill learning. Readers will gain a practical model for finding solutions to a wide range of problems.

Like the previous edition, Motor Learning and Performance, Third Edition, continues to combine a conceptual model of human performance with a problem-based learning approach. Students will learn by doing to identify solutions that encompass many of the problems encountered when teaching and learning motor skills. Plus, the text's straightforward language makes it easy to understand even for students with little or no knowledge of physiology, psychology, statistical methods, and other basic sciences.

New features include the following:

In addition, the authors integrate useful chapter features to help students understand the objectives and goals of each chapter and challenge them to solve problems using critical thinking. Most notably, the updated "From Principles to Practice" section at the end of each chapter simplifies self-testing of key terms by reviewing and applying the information to real-life situations. In combination with the instructor guide, this text will help gradually shift the responsibility for learning and applying the information to the student and discourage memorizing and "regurgitating." There is no better introduction to the fascinating field of motor learning and its many applications in the real world.

About the Authors

Richard A. Schmidt, PhD, heads his own consulting firm, Human Performance Research, in Marina del Rey, California, in which he works on issues in human performance, human factors, and ergonomics. He is also a professor of psychology (emeritus) at the University of California at Los Angeles. Known as one of the research leaders in motor behavior, Dr. Schmidt has 35 years of experience and has published widely in his field.

The originator of schema theory, Dr. Schmidt founded the Journal of Motor Behavior and was its editor for 11 years. He authored the first edition of Motor Control and Learning in 1982 and Motor Learning and Performance in 1991, and has since followed up with new editions of both books. He received honorary doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and the Université Joseph Fourier, France, in recognition of his work.

Dr. Schmidt is a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Psychonomic Society. He has received honorary doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and Université Joseph Fourier France, for contributions to his research field. He has served as president of NASPSPA, and he received the C.H. McCloy Research Lectureship from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Dr. Schmidt's leisure-time activities include sailboat racing, swimming, and automobile racing.

Craig A. Wrisberg, PhD, is a professor in the department of sport and leisure studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he has taught since 1977. During the past 30 years he has published numerous research articles on the topics of anticipation and timing in performance, knowledge of results and motor learning, and the role of cognitive strategies in sport performance. In 1982 he received the Brady Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 1994 the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement.

A former president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Dr. Wrisberg is a fellow of both the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Wrisberg provides mental training services for student-athletes in the men's and women's athletics departments at Tennessee. In his work with athletes, he applies many of the important concepts and principles covered in this edition of Motor Learning and Performance using the problem-based learning approach on a consistent basis.

Dr. Wrisberg enjoys several outdoor activities, including tennis, canoeing, and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Introductory textbook for courses in motor learning, motor performance, and motor behavior. Reference for movement practitioners, including coaches, physical education teachers, dance teachers, special education teachers, rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and human factors experts.

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