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HK 258 00 Foundations of Motor Skill Acquisition Spring 2010 Research in Motor Learning and Control -- Behavioral Measures of Performance Page 1 of 5 Why measure performance? We want to understand the learning and performance of motor activity. We are not concerned with what parts of the brain are working during motor activity (that is for motor neuroscience), but rather we are concerned with understanding the behavioral strategies and tactics that the central nervous system employs. But, as we can only observe the results of motor activity, behavior, we must be able to do an extremely good job in measuring all aspects of behavior. Three aspects of behavioral measures of performance . Imagine you are on the green on the 16 th hole of golf course. You face a 22 foot putt. You strike the ball and it only travels 18 feet (for now assume that it is on a straight line to the hole). This performance can be described two ways. (see Figure 1) 1 - “You are 4 feet short of the hole” 2 - “You missed by 4 feet” FIGURE 1
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HK 258 00 Foundations of Motor Skill Acquisition Spring 2010 Research in Motor Learning and Control -- Behavioral Measures of Performance Page 2 of 5 These two statements seem identical, but look carefully, they are not. The first statement is telling you how much,
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course HK 258 taught by Professor Zelasnik during the Spring '10 term at Purdue.

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