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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 2019

  • 16 Article
  • 4 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution

Automatic classification of strike techniques using limb trajectory data

Soekarjo, K. M. W., Orth, D., Warmerdam, E. & van der Kamp, J., 2019, Machine Learning and Data Mining for Sports Analytics: 5th International Workshop, MLSA 2018, Co-located with ECML/PKDD 2018, Proceedings. Davis, J., Van Haaren, J., Zimmermann, A. & Brefeld, U. (eds.). Springer Verlag, p. 131-141 11 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11330 LNAI).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Trajectories
Trajectory
Supervised Classification
Nearest Neighbor
Classify

Learning to be adaptive as a distributed process across the coach–athlete system: situating the coach in the constraints-led approach

Orth, D., van der Kamp, J. & Button, C., 4 Mar 2019, In : Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. 24, 2, p. 146-161 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

coach
athlete
Athletes
Learning
learning

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 JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Hip
Extremities
Learning
Decision Trees
Aptitude

Behavioral repertoire influences the rate and nature of learning in climbing: Implications for individualized learning design in preparation for extreme sports participation

Orth, D., Davids, K., Chow, J. Y., Brymer, E. & Seifert, L., 12 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, JUN, 949.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sports
Learning
Individuality

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

Button, C., Orth, D., Davids, K. & Seifert, L., 2018, In : European Journal of Sport Science. 18, 8, p. 1090-1099 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Hand
Saccades