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Motor Behavior/Exercise & Sport Psychology Research

Research opportunities

We are always looking for students who would like to get involved and learn more about research. Below are lists of some of the opportunities in our labs. Feel free to read about our research below and contact the researcher you would like to work with in person or with an email.

Undergraduate research opportunities

Graduate research opportunities


  Name Title Discipline

Jarrod Blinch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Motor Control


Melanie Hart, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Provost

Motor Learning


Marc Lochbaum, Ph.D.


Exercise & Sport Psychology


Maria Nida Roncesvalles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Motor Development

Exercise & Sport Psychology

Faculty member: Dr. Marc Lochbaum

Motor Behavior

Motor behavior is the study of how we produce movements. Types of movements includes gait (walking, running), balance, reflexes, reaching, and grasping. The psychological and neurophysiological investigations of motor behavior are divided into three disciplines: motor control, motor development, and motor learning.

Motor Control

Motor control research seeks to understand how the neuromuscular system accomplishes coordinated movements. Below is a great quote from Professor Wolpert's TED talk that explains the importance of motor control to understand the brain. "Why do we, and other animals, have brains? ... Now you may reasonably [think we] have one to perceive the world or to think, and that's completely wrong... We have a brain for one reason and one reason only, and that's to produce adaptable and complex movements. There is no other reason to have a brain. Think about it, movement is the only way you have of effecting the environment around you... It's really important to remember that sensory, memory, and cognitive processes are all important, but they're only important to either drive or suppress future movements."

Faculty member: Dr. Jarrod Blinch

Motor Development

Motor development investigates changes in movements across the lifespan. Our emphasis is on the acquisition of fundamental motor patterns of children with typical development and children who are at risk of delay. The latter group includes children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, overweight or obese children, and cognitive delays. Our goal is to investigate the mechanisms that affect the development of balance and stability. We seek to identify factors that differentiate children with typical motor development from those who are at risk of atypical development.

Faculty member: Dr. Maria Nida Roncesvalles

Motor Learning

Focusing on promoting the acquisition of fundamental motor skills and motor skill competence with physical activity and fitness throughout the lifespan. The theoretical underpinnings of this work focus on dynamic systems theory and the synergistic and dynamic interactions of multiple subsystems such as task, environmental, and organismic constraints and how they influence motor skill acquisition. Our research emphasizes the need to address and understand the mechanisms of motor learning.

Faculty member: Dr. Melanie Hart

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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