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Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series


Tue 22 Sep 2015, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

From knowledge, knerves and know how to rule, reputation and reinvestment: the epic story of implicit motor learning.

How people learn to move and how that can be applied not only to sport but also other domains in which movement matters - such as surgery, rehabilitation or ageing - will be the subject of Professor Masters’ Inaugural Professorial Lecture, being held on 22 September.

Professor Masters is interested in psychological markers of the way in which people learn and perform skills. His research into implicit motor learning shows that it is possible to acquire real-life movement skills implicitly - without conscious access to, or awareness of, the knowledge that underlies performance of those skills.

The work crosses discipline boundaries into rehabilitation, surgery, speech sciences, movement disorders, ageing, sports sciences, psychology and developmental disorders and disabilities.

Professor Masters says he uses psychological principles to inform his research and that has led to fascinating insights into the way in which humans perform skills.

He will discuss how people consciously overthink situations, often to their detriment, and how the unconscious can be used to much greater effect than the conscious.

Professor Masters is a professor in Te Oranga - School of Human Development and Movement Studies. Prior to joining the University of Waikato, he held Director and Assistant Director roles in the Institute of Human Performance at the University of Hong Kong and before that, he lectured in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham, England.

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