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Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories?

By Wolfgang I. Schollhorn, Maren Michelbrink, Hendrik Beckmann, Michael Sechelmann, Martin Trockel and Keith W. Davids

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In this position paper we examine whether performance and learning of basic motor skills in football can be enhanced by adding noise in the form of random components to target movements during training. To support our argument we examine data on performance and learning of fundamental target skills such as passing and shooting. Evidence emerged from these studies that the addition of random variability during performance and learning of football skills benefited participants of differenct skill levels, compared to players engaged in traditional practice programmes emphasizing continuous repetition of target movements. The ubiquitous phenomenon of stochastic resonance is proposed as a potential mechansim for the counterintuitive benefits of adding noise to learning and performance enviornments. further research is needed to verify our interpretation of these data from football suggesting that stochastic resonance may form an umbrella explanatory framework on the role of variability in extant theories of motor learning

Topics: 110000 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Variability, noise, stochastic resonance, differential training, soccer
Publisher: Edizioni Luigi Pozzi
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:4895
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