Movement models from sports provide representative task constraints for studying adaptive behavior in human movement systems

Davids, Keith W., Button, Chris, Araujo, Duarte, Renshaw, Ian, & Hristovski, Robert (2006) Movement models from sports provide representative task constraints for studying adaptive behavior in human movement systems. Adaptive Behavior, 14(1), pp. 73-94.

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Researchers studying adaptive behavior in human movement systems have traditionally employed simplified, laboratory based movement models in an effort to conserve experimental rigor. Brunswikian psychology raises questions over the representativeness of many of these popular experimental models for studying how movements are coordinated with events, objects and surfaces of dynamic environments. In this article we argue that sports provide rich ecological constraints for representative task design in modeling the complex interactions of human performers with their environments. Adopting a functionalist perspective enriched by ideas from Ecological Psychology and Nonlinear Dynamics, we consider data from exemplar movement models in basketball and boxing to support this contention. We show that this preference for movement models from sports, although not completely novel, has accelerated over recent years, mainly due to the theoretical re-emphasis on studying the interaction of individual and task constraints. The implications of using such applied models of movement behavior in studying the design of natural and artificial systems are also discussed.

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ID Code: 6672
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Movement coordination and control, constraints, representative design, perception and action, degrees of freedom
DOI: 10.1177/105971230601400103
ISSN: 1059-7123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 04 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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