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Jared M. Porter, PhD

Associate Professor
Motor Learning
HPER 338


Porter’s research investigates how humans learn/re-learn motor skills, and how the human nervous system controls the body to generate skillful movements. He investigates how factors such as practice schedule design, skill level, motor/cognitive impairments, cognitive load, decision making, human factors, instruction/feedback, and focusing of attention interact with motor skill learning and performance. 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 also an Associate Editor for the scientific journal Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, and he is an editorial board member for the Journal of Motor Learning and Development and the International Journal of Motor Control and Learning.


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


Marchant, D. C., Griffiths, G., Partridge, J. A., Belsley, L., & Porter J. M. (in press). The distance of focus effect influences children’s motor performance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

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

Makaruk, H., & Porter, J. M. (in press). The functional role of footfall variability in track and field jumping events. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.

Porter, J. M. (2017). Practicing with gradual increases in contextual interference: Methods for testing the predictions of the parallel development hypothesis. Kinesiology, 49, 273-275.

Palmer, K. K., Irwin, J. M., Dennis, A., Porter, J. M., Robinson, L. E. (2017). The effects of attentional focus cues on object control in elementary children. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 22, 580-588.

Porter J. M. & Beckerman, T. (2016). Practicing with gradual increases in contextual interference enhances visuomotor learning. Kinesiology, 48, 244-250.

Makaruk, H., Porter, J. M., Starzak, M., & Szymczak, E. (2016). An examination of approach run kinematics in track and field jumping events. Polish Journal of Sport Tourism, 23, 82-87.

Porter, J. M., Makaruk, H., & Starzak, M. (2016). The role of vision and movement automization on the focus of attention effect. Journal of Motor Learning and Development, 4, 152-168.

Benz, A., Winkelman, N., Nimphius, S., & Porter, J. M. (2016). Coaching instructions and cues for enhancing sprint performance. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 38, 1-11.

Lopez-Felip, M. A., & Porter, J. M. (2016). A scale to measure the complexity of game situations in soccer. In Favero, T., Drust, B., & Dawson, B. (Eds.), International Research in Science and Soccer II (pp.195-203). New York: Routledge.