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Motor Behavior and Human Skill

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Outlines recent research in motor control and human skill. Twenty chapters provide a forum for analyses of the many diverse theoretical approaches used in the understanding of motor control, including the cognitive, dynamical systems, computational and neurological approaches. Two special sections on motor development and motor disability are featured, including new findings for intervention programmes. One of the concluding chapters, "Has ecological psychology delivered what it promised?" by Jeff Summers, is followed by four commentaries. An information-processing approach is adopted in Part Two through the analysis of motor performance in terms of computational modelling. Research based on the dynamical systems approach is also presented.

Jan P. Piek, PhD, is a research fellow at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. Her major areas of research are motor control and motor development. Since 1992 she has received three research fellowships to conduct work in motor control. Piek has published widely in journals in Australia and internationally. She contributed a chapter on spontaneous movements in the acquisition of motor coordination in infants to D.J. Glencross and J.P. Piek's Motor Control and Sensory-Motor Integration: Issues and Directions (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1995).Piek has coordinated the Motor Control & Human Skill Research Workshops since the program's inception in 1991. She is a member of the School of Psychology at Curtin University of Technology, where she also manages the Research Centre for Applied Psychology. She received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence from Curtin University of Technology in 1996. Her most recent fellowship is the Curtin University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, from 1997 to 2000.Jan and her husband Bill live in Ballajura, Western Australia. Her favorite leisure activities include reading, fishing, and walking.

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