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My research investigates how variability of constraints on practice lead to the emergence of adaptive and creative motor behaviour throughout the lifespan. Constraints (factors including the task, environment and individual that influence behaviour) vary over different timescales, such as during action (fast), learning (moderate) and, throughout lifespan development (slow). Broadly, using task vehicles from sport, physical activity and rehabilitation, my programme of work examines how different timescales of change influence skilled behaviour based on complex systems analysis.

My master’s (2012) and doctoral (2013-2016) dissertations demonstrated beneficial relationships between movement variability (including exploratory and regulatory movements) and performance outcomes, new motor action emergence and capabilities to solve new motor problems. This work set a foundation for my current investigations into the effect of interactions amongst constraints on creative motor action emergence. Indeed, a beginner faced with a new motor problem may need to, through practice, find original and functional (aka. creative) motor solutions.

A critical challenge I currently address is accurate and unsupervised assessment of behavioural novelty emerging under complex conditions. In doing so, mechanisms that underpin adaptive and creative motor behaviour, such as the structure of exploration, are under investigation.

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Hip Medicine & Life Sciences
Extremities Medicine & Life Sciences
Hand Medicine & Life Sciences
Units of measurement Engineering & Materials Science
Sports Medicine & Life Sciences
Pelvis Medicine & Life Sciences
Pattern recognition Engineering & Materials Science
Learning Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 15 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution

Affordance realization in climbing: Learning and transfer

Seifert, L., Orth, D., Mantel, B., Boulanger, J., Hérault, R. & Dicks, M. 28 May 2018 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, MAY, p. 1-14 14 p., 820

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hip
Extremities
Learning
Decision Trees
Aptitude
Sports
Learning
Individuality

The influence of hold regularity on perceptual-motor behaviour in indoor climbing

Button, C., Orth, D., Davids, K. & Seifert, L. 25 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Sport Science. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hand
Saccades

Analysis of relations between spatiotemporal movement regulation and performance of discrete actions reveals functionality in skilled climbing

Orth, D., Kerr, G., Davids, K. & Seifert, L. 6 Oct 2017 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 8, OCT, 1744

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Extremities
Physiological Adaptation
Process Assessment (Health Care)
Hip
Research

Comparing dynamics of fluency and inter-limb coordination in climbing activities using multi-scale Jensen–Shannon embedding and clustering

Herault, R., Orth, D., Seifert, L., Boulanger, J. & Lee, J. A. Nov 2017 In : Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. 31, 6, p. 1758-1792 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sensors