Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories?

Schollhorn, Wolfgang I., Michelbrink, Maren, Beckmann, Hendrik, Sechelmann, Michael, Trockel, Martin, & Davids, Keith W. (2006) Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories? International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37(2-3).

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In this position paper we examine whether performance and learning of basic motor skills in football can be enhanced by adding noise in the form of random components to target movements during training. To support our argument we examine data on performance and learning of fundamental target skills such as passing and shooting. Evidence emerged from these studies that the addition of random variability during performance and learning of football skills benefited participants of differenct skill levels, compared to players engaged in traditional practice programmes emphasizing continuous repetition of target movements. The ubiquitous phenomenon of stochastic resonance is proposed as a potential mechansim for the counterintuitive benefits of adding noise to learning and performance enviornments. further research is needed to verify our interpretation of these data from football suggesting that stochastic resonance may form an umbrella explanatory framework on the role of variability in extant theories of motor learning.

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ID Code: 4895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Variability, noise, stochastic resonance, differential training, soccer
ISSN: 0047-0767
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:29

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