Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis 6th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1492547754

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Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis 6th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1492547754

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  • 552 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.; Sixth edition (February 19, 2018)
  • Author(s): Richard A. Schmidt, Tim Lee, Carolee Winstein, Gabriele Wulf, Howard Zelaznik
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492547751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492547754


Motor Control and Learning, Sixth Edition With Web Resource, focuses on observable movement behavior, the many factors that influence quality of movement, and how movement skills are acquired. The text examines the motivational, cognitive, biomechanical, and neurological processes of complex motor behaviors that allow human movement to progress from unrefined and clumsy to masterfully smooth and agile.

This updated sixth edition builds upon the foundational work of Richard Schmidt and Timothy Lee in previous editions. The three new authors—each a distinguished scholar—offer a range and depth of knowledge that includes current directions in the field. The extensively revised content reflects the latest research and new directions in motor control and learning.

Motor Control and Learning begins with a brief introduction to the field and an introduction to important concepts and research methods. Part II thoroughly covers motor control with topics such as closed-loop perspective, the role of the central nervous system for movement control, speed and accuracy, and coordination. Part III deals with motor learning, exploring the effects of attentional focus, the structure of practice sessions, the role of feedback, theoretical views of motor learning, and the retention and transfer of skills.

Throughout the book, art and practical examples are included to elucidate complex topics. Sidebars with historical examples, classic research, and examples of real-world applications highlight the importance of motor control and learning research and bring attention to influential research studies and pioneers. End-of-chapter summaries and student assignments reinforce important concepts and terms and provide review opportunities.

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