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Motor Behavior Laboratory

The Motor Behavior Lab is directed by Jeff Fairbrother. The focus of the lab is directed towards identifying and understanding the factors that mediate motor performance, the learning of motor skills, and the control of goal-directed actions. Research is conducted to test hypotheses, develop theory-based knowledge that applies to practical settings, and solve practical problems related to goal-directed actions and skills. Past projects have included the forensic analysis of a portable playpen collapse, an examination of the relationship between age and swimming performance, and several studies investigating the effects of practice schedule on the performance and learning of motor skills.

Please contact Jeff Fairbrother if you are interested in the Motor Behavior program, and would like to discuss a possible collaboration, or are in need of consulting services.

Research Areas

Skill Acquisition, Performance & Learning

  • Practice Schedule Effects
  • Task Switching
  • Repeated Retention Testing


  • Visual Attention and Kinematics in Surfing
  • Aging and Expert Sports Performance

Facilities & Equipment

The Motor Behavior Laboratory is housed in Rooms 129 and 135A of the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Building. The lab contains a variety of equipment for measuring motor performance and learning in both laboratory and field settings. A partial list includes:

  • Arrington Research Eye-Tracker
  • Video-Based Motion Analysis System
  • Computer Testing Stations with E-Prime
  • Stabilometer
  • Bassin Anticipation Timer
  • Digitizing Tablets
  • Impulse Transfer/Linear Slide Apparatus


Information about the graduate programs in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior, assistantship opportunities, and applications can be found on the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Graduate Programs webpages.

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