The research of the section Motor Learning & Performance focuses on how perceptual-motor control at the different time scales of development, learning and peak performance is brought about by the constraints on the actor-environment system.

Our goal
The main objective of the current programme is to identify the relative contribution of these constraints to perceptual-motor control and their changes therein at the different time scales. The core of the research lies with the interaction between the task (e.g., object properties, task instructions) and organismic constraints (e.g., brain damage, anxiety) with special emphasis on the use of perceptual information.

Current research projects

  • Small-sided games: analyses of tactics and individual performance in football (Badenhorst, Cooppoo, Beek, Savelsbergh)
  • Problems in handwriting: the role of child, task and environment (Duiser, Van der Kamp, Ledebt, Savelsbergh)
  • Looking at movements: Can we train to aim by fooling the brain? (Mann, Savelsbergh, Van der Kamp)
  • Emergent behaviour in simulated operations (Nibbeling, Oudejans, Daanen, de Haan)
  • Directing attention in complex motor action: The free-kick in football (Paterson, van der Kamp, Bressan, Savelsbergh)
  • The visual search and motor behavior in top sailing (Pluijms, Canal-Bruland, Savelsbergh)
  • Acute stress and training with stress: Effects on police officers’ arrest and self-defence skills (Renden, Oudejans, Savelsbergh)
  • Individual monitoring, match analysis, search behaviour and soccer talent (Stevens, de Ruiter, Beek, Savelsbergh)
  • Elite sport, national pride and prestige (Stokvis, Van Hilvoorde, Pot)
  • Explicit and implicit motor learning of manual order picking tasks in older adults (Verneau, van der Kamp, de Looze, Savelsbergh)
  • Decision behaviour in small-sided games (Maarseveen, Oudejans, Savelsbergh)