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Motor Learning and Control: From Theory to Practice, 1st Edition

  • William H. Edwards
  • ISBN-10: 0495010804
  • ISBN-13: 9780495010807
  • 544 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

The goal of Motor Learning and Control: From Theory to Practice is to introduce students to the dynamic field of motor learning and control in ways that are meaningful, accessible, and thought-provoking. This text offers a comprehensive and contemporary overview of the major areas of study in motor learning and control using several different perspectives applied to scholarly study and research in the field. Presenting the most current theories applied to the study and understanding of motor skills, this text is filled with practical examples and interactive applications to help students prepare for careers in movement-related fields.


  • Boxed features* in every chapter provide constant reinforcement of main topical ideas through real-life examples as well as professional and personal applications designed to enhance both interest and understanding of the chapter content.

  • Figures and tables* visually illustrate and clarify difficult concepts.

  • Learning Exercises* at the end of each chapter include critical analyses and application exercises in which chapter topics must be used to solve professional and movement-skill problems as well as field observations, including both interview and observational analyses.

  • For Further Study* section begins with a short multiple-choice and completion quiz, testing students' knowledge of the chapter and helping them identify possible areas in need of reevaluation or additional study.

  • Videos* accompanied by questions (found in CourseMate and on the PowerLecture DVD-ROM) show a variety of movement skills and ask students to explain them using concepts from the chapter.

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"...The major advantages of Edwards, MOTOR LEARNING AND CONTROL: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE, are readability and application. I think students will find it fairly user-friendly and engaging, particularly with the application activities included in the chapter." --Stacey Gaines, Texas A&M University—Kingsville
— Stacey Gaines

About the Author

William H. Edwards

Dr. William H. Edwards is professor and director of the motor learning laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at California State University, Sacramento. He received his B.S. degree from California State Polytechnic University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in kinesiology from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the faculty at Sacramento State, Professor Edwards served on the faculties of USC, San Diego State University, and the University of Arkansas. Professor Edwards teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in motor learning and motor control, and graduate courses in research methods and design at Sacramento State. His current research focuses on identifying the factors most responsible for high levels of performance across a wide variety of motor activities and domains.

Table of Contents

11. Introduction
2. What Is a Skill?
3. The Neurological Bases of Human Movement
4. Theoretical Perspectives
5. The Learning of Motor Skills
6. Memory and Learning
7. Stages of Learning
8. Individual Differences
9. Preparing Learners for Practice: Motivation and Attention
10. Instructions and Demonstrations
11. Scheduling the Learning Experience
12. Providing Feedback
Appendixes (Including Labs)


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
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