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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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Research Output 2013 2017

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

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: Scientific - peer-reviewReview article

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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Creative Motor Actions As Emerging from Movement Variability

Orth, D., van der Kamp, J., Memmert, D. & Savelsbergh, G. J. P. 31 Oct 2017 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 8, 1903

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Effects of different lower-limb sensory stimulation strategies on postural regulation-a Systematic review and metaanalysis

Woo, M. T., Davids, K., Liukkonen, J., Orth, D., Chow, J. Y. & Jaakkola, T. 29 Mar 2017 In : PLoS One. 12, 3, e0174522

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewReview article