This title is designed as a text for motor behaviour and cognitive psychology courses, as well as a reference for professionals with an interest in motor behaviour and human movement. It explores how focus of attention can affect motor performance, particularly the learning of motor skills. This text turns research into application by detailing how an individual's focus changes with age and type of task, allowing readers to apply the information across a variety of ages and settings. "Practical Applications" sections provide specific instructional examples and challenges. "Future Directions" sections at the end of each chapter highlight potential research studies that encourage readers to use and further develop the methods and practices outlined in the book.
Gabriele Wulf is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Nevada. She has published over 100 articles on motor learning and control, as well as 35 articles on attentional focus and motor skills. She has been a section editor of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity, an editorial board member for the Journal of Motor Behaviour, Human Movement Science and the International Journal of Fitness, and has also been an international advisory board member for Physiotherapy.
Chapter 1: Attention Focusing and the Learning Process; Chapter 2: Instructions and Focus of Attention; Chapter 3: Feedback and Attentional Focus; Chapter 4: Theoretical Explanations; Chapter 5: Special Tasks and Special Populations; Chapter 6: Attentional Focus and Expertise; Chapter 7: Conclusions.