News & Updates

Stoffregen comments on Yahoo health article
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014:
Professor of kinesiology  and director of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) Thomas A. Stoffregen, Ph.D., commented on a Yahoo health article discussing motion sickness. The article explores the fact that with modern technology, a person does not necessarily have to be moving to experience motion sickness. According to Stoffregen, “motion sickness is a slippery eel because it’s so profoundly subjective.” […] [Read Full Story]

Wiese-Bjornstal published in Spanish sport psychology journal
Monday, July 28th, 2014:
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and director of the Sports Medicine Psychology Lab, was published in the July 2014 issue of Revista de Psicología del Deporte (Journal of Sport Psychology, Barcelona, Spain). The article is titled, ‘Reflections on a Quarter-Century of Research in Sports Medicine Psychology.’ Wiese-Bjornstal discusses defining a new field of sports medicine psychology, […] [Read Full Story]

LaVoi on “spoilsports” in Star Tribune
Sunday, July 27th, 2014:
Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi, faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, is quoted on overzealous competitors in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article, “Don’t let spoilsports ruin a good family game.” LaVoi explains the difference between—and some of the problems with—”ego orientation” vs “mastery orientation,” and gives a possible upside of having a spoilsport […] [Read Full Story]

Konczak featured in the Minnesota Daily
Thursday, July 24th, 2014:
Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, was used as a point of reference in a Minnesota Daily sports article, Lineman tackles hacking. The article  touched on the lasting effects of concussions by exploring the history of a past gopher football player. Konczak provided his expertise on concussions by suggesting that “rest is the […] [Read Full Story]

Ingraham’s research leads to Ride-Along
Friday, July 18th, 2014:
Stacy Ingraham, PhD., senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Human and Sports Performance Lab, recently went on a ride-along with the St. Louis Park Police Department  as part of research that  analyzes heart-rate responses of police officers and firefighters on the job.  Ingraham and her research team are collecting data from […] [Read Full Story]

Gao published by Nova Publishers
Thursday, July 17th, 2014:
Dr. Zan Gao, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Lab (PAEL), recently published one chapter as the first author in Video Games: Parents’ Perceptions, Role of Social Media and Effects on Behavior edited by Jeffery Graham. The findings of this chapter reveal that children who are intrinsically motivated […] [Read Full Story]

Konczak featured in the news
Thursday, July 17th, 2014:
Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, was interviewed by the Minnesota Daily to be featured in an article revolving around brain disease. He was also featured in a similar article in the Washington Times. [Read Full Story]

Lais named Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014:
Greg Lais, Founder and Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry (WI) and instructor in the Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies program (RPLS), was named the 2014 St. John’s University Social Entrepreneur of the Year. This award recognizes Lais for his achievements and altruistic values in both his work and his personal life. Wilderness Inquiry was founded in […] [Read Full Story]

Stoffregen’s research mentioned in the New York Times
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014:
The research of Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., director of the APAL, and professor of kinesiology, was featured in the July 14, 2014 issue of the New York Times. The article discusses widespread concerns that current and future virtual reality technologies, such as head mounted displays, may give rise to motion sickness in a large percentage of users. The technology, often […] [Read Full Story]

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