Emphasis: perceptual-motor control and learning

Perceptual-motor control and learning focuses upon the perceptual guidance of human movement. Why do we move in the way that we do, and not in some other way? Why do we learn to move in the way that we do, and not in some other way? What is the role of perceptual guidance in the organization and execution of movement, and how is the relationship between perception and movement modulated by learning, by expertise, and among atypically developing populations? Students may focus on one or more specific age periods, such as adolescence, adulthood or aging.

The School of Kinesiology has labs equipped with an array of movement analysis technologies. Additionally, research projects relating to perceptual-motor control and learning also are conducted in off-campus field settings, such as schools, hospitals, and ships at sea.

Associated lab

Associated faculty


About our students

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The various research projects that I worked on prepared me the most for my career as a human factors engineer. I was able to learn a great deal about the scientific process and improve my critical thinking skills by working alongside my advisor.

Chris Curry, kinesiology PhD

Curry is a member of the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory. He presented his research, “Cybersickness in Virtual Reality: Examining the Influence of the Virtual Environments on Sex Susceptibility,” at SIGGRAPH Asia in the Fast Forward Thesis competition. The competition was held in Brisbane, Australia!

Program coursework

See the official University catalog by emphasis areas for the kinesiology PhD program, and the kinesiology MS program.

How to apply

Apply to MS/MA/PhD


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Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies

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Sara Cannon
Graduate Program Coordinator
& MEd Advisor