Representative learning design in dynamic interceptive actions

Pinder, Ross Andrew (2012) Representative learning design in dynamic interceptive actions. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


The overarching aim of this thesis was to investigate how processes of perception and action emerge under changing informational constraints during performance of multi-articular interceptive actions. Interceptive actions provide unique opportunities to study processes of perception and action in dynamic performance environments. The movement model used to exemplify the functionally coupled relationship between perception and action, from an ecological dynamics perspective, was cricket batting. Ecological dynamics conceptualises the human body as a complex system composed of many interacting sub-systems, and perceptual and motor system degrees of freedom, which leads to the emergence of patterns of behaviour under changing task constraints during performance. The series of studies reported in the Chapters of this doctoral thesis contributed to understanding of human behaviour by providing evidence of key properties of complex systems in human movement systems including self-organisation under constraints and meta-stability. Specifically, the studies: i) demonstrated how movement organisation (action) and visual strategies (perception) of dynamic human behaviour are constrained by changing ecological (especially informational) task constraints; (ii) provided evidence for the importance of representative design in experiments on perception and action; and iii), provided a principled theoretical framework to guide learning design in acquisition of skill in interceptive actions like cricket batting.

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ID Code: 59803
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Davids, Keith W. & Renshaw, Ian
Keywords: action, complex systems, cricket, dynamic interceptive action, ecological dynamics, ecological validity, fast ball sport, interceptive actions, learning design, meta-stability, movement organisation, perception, pursuit tracking, representative design, task constraints, video-simulation, visual saccades
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 08 May 2013 06:51
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 04:48

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