Motor Behavior Laboratory
Motor Behavior encompasses motor and psychological aspects of development, learning, and control. Motor development relates to the sequential, age-related process whereby an individual’s movement change from simple to highly organized, complex motor skills, and finally to adjustments related to the aging process. Motor learning and control relates to the foundations of sport and exercise and to such principles as: memory, mental rehearsal, information processing, reaction time, anticipation timing, perceptual-motor systems, practice, transfer, balance, concentration, coordination, anxiety, and exercise adherence.
The Motor Behavior Laboratory experiences translate current developmental worldviews into motor behavior perspectives and theoretical foundations that relate to exercise, sport, rehabilitation, therapy, and physical education. Further, motor behavior experiences introduce students to physical growth and aging; early motor development; principles of motion and stability; development of human locomotion, ballistic, and manipulative skills; impact of perceptual-motor development; impact of functional constraints; and physical fitness over the lifetime. Laboratory students study the impact of society and culture on development, fitness, and physiological changes.