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Developmental Motor Control Laboratory

Motor Development Group

Research in this lab follows two tracks: (1) the behavioral aspects of motor control and coordination in children with a variety of disabilities and (2) the relationships among obesity, motor proficiency, physical activity, health-related fitness, and perceived motor competency during early childhood.

 

 

 

 

Lab Personnel

Lab Director:
Nancy Getchell, Ph.D.

Lab Personnel:
• Sandy Kaiser (MS student, HNES)
• Ling-Yin Liang (Ph.D. student, BIOMS)
• Dannielle Miccinello (MS student, HNES)
• Michelle Blom, Mark Szarloza (undergraduate students, HNES)

Current Research Lines
  1. Development of motor control and coordination in children with different disabilities. Research focuses on the behavioral aspects of motor control and coordination in children with a variety of disabilities as well as the factors that underlie atypical motor development. Specific populations under study are autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia and general Learning Disabilities, Developmental Coordination disorder (DCD), and cerebral palsy
  2. The relationship among obesity, motor proficiency, physical activity, health-related fitness, and perceived motor competency during early childhood.
Current Research Projects
  1. Contextual interference
  2. Examining global Motor proficiency
Laboratory Equipment
  • GAITRite mat for gait analysis
  • Innovision 3-D motion analysis system
  • Lafayette Instruments Mulit-operational Apparatus for Reaction Time (MOART)
  • Actical accellerometers
Representative Publications
  1. Logan, S. W. and Getchell, N. (In Press). The relationship between motor proficiency and body composition in children with and without dyslexia. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.
  2. Lynch, A. and Getchell, N. (In Press). Using an ecological approach to understand perception, cognition, and action coupling in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Journal of Public Health.
  3. Clizbe, D. and Getchell, N. (In Press). The development of period correction processes in single and dual motor task performance: Adaptation to tempo changes. Motor Control.
  4. Getchell, N., Mackenzie, S &, Marmon, A. (2010). Multilimb coordination in children with and without dyslexia: Effects of task and training. Adaptive Physical Activity Quarterly, 27, 32 - 46.
  5. Mackenzie, S., Getchell, N., Jaric, S, & Modlesky, C. (2009). Using grasping tasks to evaluate hand force coordination in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 1439 - 1442.
  6. Mackenzie, S, Getchell, N., Deutsch, K., Floet, A.W. Clark, J. and Whitall, J. (2008) Multilimb coordination and rhythmic variability under varying sensory availability conditions in children with DCD. Human Movement Science, 27, 25- - 269.
  7. Getchell, N., Pabreja, P., Neeld, K, and Carrio, V. (2007). Motor performance on two standardized motor tests in children with and without language based learning disabilities. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 105, 2007 – 2114.
  8. Getchell, N. (2007). Developmental aspects of perception-action coupling in multi-limb coordination: Rhythmic sensorimotor synchronization. Motor Control, 11, 1 -15.
  9. Getchell, N. (2006). Age and task-related differences in timing stability, consistency and natural frequency of children’s rhythmic, motor coordination. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 675-685.

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