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Jared M. Porter, PhD

HPER 338


Dr. Porter’s research investigates how humans learn/re-learn motor skills and how the human nervous system generates skillful movements. He is primarily interested in determining how factors such as virtual/augmented reality, engineered practice, human factors, skill level, cognitive load, decision-making, and focusing of attention interact with motor skill learning and performance. His research has practical applications to various settings such as military/tactical mission planning and performance, patient rehabilitation, coaching education, competitive sport settings, and occupational training venues.  He is an active member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is currently an editorial board member for the Journal of Motor Learning and Development and the International Journal of Motor Control and Learning. His research has been funded by federal, state, and local agencies within the United States of America and abroad.


PhD Louisiana State University Motor Behavior and Cognitive Psychology
BS University of Central Missouri Kinesiology and Biology


Yamada, M., Raisbeck, L., & Porter, J.M. (2020). The effects of using imagery to elicit an external focus of attention. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport,

Makaruk, H., Porter, J.M., Sadowski, J., Bodasinska, A., Zielinski, J., Niznikowski, T., & Mastalerz, A. (2020). The effects of combining focus of attention and autonomy support on shot accuracy in the penalty kick. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0213487

Makaruk, H., Starzak, M., & Porter, J.M. (2020). Influence of attentional manipulation on jumping performance: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Human Kinetics, available ahead of print.

Asadi, A., Farsi, A., Abdoli, B., Saemi, E., & Porter, J.M. (2019). Directing attention externally and self-controlled practice have similar effects on motor skill performance. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 7, 141-151.