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Motor Behaviour Laboratory

  • The Motor Behaviour Laboratory serves as an excellent center for researchers and practitioners to undertake empirical investigations related to Motor Control and Learning as well as Sports Expertise. The laboratory is well-equipped with advanced facilities and offers a conducive setting to examine how human movement is controlled and explores effective approaches to enhance skill acquisition and adaptation. Students in both the PESS and SSM programmes are offered ample opportunities to conduct practical and experimental projects in the laboratory. The laboratory also serves as a center for graduate students to undertake research initiatives and research programmes in human movement science.

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  • Equipment
      • ASL Mobile Eye Tracker
      • Digital clock counter
      • Multichoice RT, response keyboard with stimulus unit and voice activated relay
      • Plato spectacle
      • ProBalance
      • Stabilometer
      • Switchmat Small
      • 41010A Projection Tachistocope with Kodak Ektagraphic III slide projector
      • Balance master
      • Bassin timer
      • Blindfold goggles
      • Darts and Dart Boards (Fix on the MBL wall)
      • Fitts tapping apparatus
      • Harpenden anthropometer Linear moment
      • Impulse counter
      • Kinethesiometer (angles)
      • Large anthropometer
      • Mand (McCarron assessment of neuromuscular development)
      • Movement ABC complete kit
      • Paediatric hand dynamometer
      • Repeat cycle timer
      • RoboPong
      • Rotary pursuit
      • Safety Scooter Boards
      • Silent impulse counter with feedback
      • Small anthropometer
      • Snullen eye chart
      • Sports radar gun
      • Stop clock
      • Tone response
      • Visual choice Reaction Timer


    Grant

    NIE Office of Education Research (OER) Start-up Grant (2012-2013)

    Project title: The Effect of Task Constraints on Skill Acquisition from a Nonlinear Pedagogical Perspective

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

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    NIE Office of Education Research Grant (OER) (2010-2013)

    Project title: An Investigation of Nonlinear Pedagogy and its Application in Singapore Schools

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

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    NIE Academic Research Fund, Singapore (AcRF) (2009-2011)

    Project title: Effects of Focus of Attention on Learning New Motor Skills

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

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    Recent Publication

    Chow, J. Y., & Atencio, M. (In Press). Complex and nonlinear pedagogy and the implications for physical education. Sport, Education and Society.

    Button, C., Lee, C. Y., Dutt-Mazumder, A., Tan, W. K., & Chow, J. Y. (2012). Empirical investigations of nonlinear motor learning. The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 5, (Suppl 1-M6), 49-58.

    Kee, Y. H., Chatzisarantis, N. L. D., Kong, P.W., Chow, J.Y., & Chen, L.H. (2012). Mindfulness, movement control and attentional focus strategies: Effects of mindfulness on a postural balance task. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34, 561-579.

    Tan, S. Y. J., Nonis, K., & Chow, J. Y. (2011). The balance control of children with and without hearing impairment in Singapore- A case study. International Journal of Special Education, 26(3), 260-275.

    Peh, S. Y. C., Chow, J. Y., & Davids, K. (2011). Focus of attention as an instructional constraint on movement behavior. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14, 70-78.

    Chow, J. Y., Davids, K., Hristovski, R., Araújo, D., & Passos, P. (2011). Nonlinear Pedagogy: Learning design for self-organizing neurobiological systems. New Ideas in Psychology, 29, 189-200.

    Tan, C. W. K., Chow, J. Y., & Davids, K. (2011). “How does TGfU work?”: Examining the relationship between learning design in TGfU and a nonlinear pedagogy. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 17(4), 331-348.

    Kee, Y. H., & Liu, Y.-T. (2011). Effects of dispositional mindfulness on the self-controlled learning of a novel motor task.Learning and Individual Differences, 21,(4), 468-471.

    Chow, J. Y., Davids, K., Button, C., Rein, R., Hristovski, R., & Koh, M. (2009). Dynamics of multi-articular coordination in neurobiological systems. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences, 13(1), 27-52.

    Chow, J. Y., Davids, K., Button, C., & Rein, R. (2008). Dynamics of movement patterning in learning a discrete multi-articular action. Motor Control, 12, 219-240.


    Conference Proceedings

    Tay, S. H. C., Chow, J. Y., Koh, M., & Button, C. (2011, May). Investigation of the effectiveness of keeper-independent penalty kicks using fake visual cues from penalty takers. Paper presented as an oral presentation at the 7th World Congress on Science & Football at Nagoya University, Japan.

    Button, C., Chow, J. Y., & Dutt, M. A. (2011, May). Exploring the swarming effect in children’s football. Paper presented as an oral presentation at the 7th World Congress on Science & Football at Nagoya University, Japan

    Chow, J. Y., Rein, R., Wan Rizal, W. Z., & Koh, M. (2010, September). Investigation of discrete, degenerate actions from a dynamical systems perspective exemplified by a table-tennis task. Paper presented as an invited speaker at the 3rd International Congress Complex Systems in Medicine and Sport, Kaunas, Lithuania.

    Chow, J. Y. (2010, May). Nonlinear Pedagogy: Learning design for skill acquisition. Paper presented as a keynote at the International Conference on Motor Behavior, The National Taitung University, Taitung, Taiwan.


    Research Projects

    An Investigation of Nonlinear Pedagogy and its Application in Singapore Schools

    This programme of research aims to determine the effect of a nonlinear pedagogical approach in teaching game skills to primary school children. Three phases of work will be undertaken to investigate the impact of nonlinear and linear pedagogy approach for a modified tennis task. Empirical investigations will include the collection of coordination and performance outcome data as well as information on participants’ perception of their learning experiences.

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

    PhD Student: Ms Miriam Lee Chang Yi

    Supervisors: Dr. Chow Jia Yi & Dr. Clara Tan Wee Keat

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    Investigation of a Discrete Degenerate Multi-articular Action Exemplified in a Table Tennis Task: A Dynamical Systems Perspective

    The purpose of the study is to examine a discrete multi-articular task (table-tennis) from a Dynamical Systems Theory perspective in the area of Motor Control and Learning. The key research question for this PhD programme of work is to identify the features and phenomena of dynamical systems previously seen and examined from rhythmic and continuous movement tasks using biomechanical motion capture systems. In addition to the theoretical contribution, the practical significance of this work lies in the relevance to informing practitioners on the potential benefit of enhancing pedagogical and coaching approaches in improving coordination of the table-tennis strokes.

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

    PhD student: Mr. Wan Rizal Bin Wan Zakariah

    Supervisors: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

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    The Effect of Task Constraints for Skill Acquisition from a Nonlinear Pedagogical Perspective

    This PhD programme of study attempts to investigate the effect of different instructional constraints (focus of attention instructions) in impacting the acquisition of a multi-articular upper body action (i.e., the badminton underarm forehand serve) in Motor Control and Learning. The use of the 3D motion capture system in the biomechanics laboratory allows coordination of the movement to be modeled and examined. The work is supported by a start-up research grant from the Office of Education Research (OER) in NIE.

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

    PhD student: Mr. Shawn Peh Yi Ching

    Supervisors: Dr. Chow Jia Yi

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  • NIE Teacher Training Courses
    • DPA201 Foundations of Psychology & Motor Learning in Physical Activity
    • APA201 Foundations of Psychology & Motor Learning in Physical Activity
    • APA234 Neuromuscular Control of Human Movement
    • APA334 Neural and Behavioural Perspectives of Human Movement
    • QPA 621 Foundations of Psychology & Motor Learning in Physical Activity
    • IPE 3005 Foundations of Psychology & Motor Learning in Physical Activity

    Master of Science (Exercise and Sport Studies) Courses
    • MES 816 Motor Control
    • MES 817 Motor Development

    NTU Sport Science & Management Courses
    • SS1004 Introduction to Growth and Motor Development
    • SS2002 Motor Learning & Control I – Skill Acquisition
    • SS3401 Motor Learning & Control II - Motor Control in Human Performance
    • SS3402 Motor Learning & Control III - Neuromuscular Basis of Human Movement
    • SS4401 Lifespan Motor Development

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  • Undergraduate Research on Campus Experience (URECA)

    Outstanding SSM students undertake the URECA programme to have first-hand experience for research in sport science.

    2012

    • Cheryl Tay Si Hui. Project title: Investigation of Team Dynamics in an Invasion Game from a Dynamical Systems Perspective  

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    • Ng Wei Xuan. Project title: Performance Analysis of Netball Players as a function of Position and Skill: Technology in Action
    • Phildia Foo Qizhen. Project title: Game Play Dynamics in Modified Tennis: An Example of a Complex System

    2011

    • Cheryl Tay Si Hui. Project title: Investigation of the Effectiveness of Keeper-Independent Penalty Kicks Using Fake Visual Cues from Penalty Takers

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    • Shannon Chia Jingyi. Project title: A Dynamical System Perspective to Understanding Badminton Singles Game Play

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    Science Mentorship Programme

    We mentor secondary school students on science projects under the Science Mentorship Programme (SWP), Ministry of Education Gifted Education Branch

    • Chin Li Ting Alicia, Chin Li En Annabelle & Tay Kay Yen Amanda (Commonwealth Secondary School). Project title: Analysis performance in badminton identifying performance differences in badminton as a function of skill level: Implication for talent identification in a Singapore school

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  • Local Partners
    • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    • Commonwealth Secondary School
    • Republic Polytechnic
    • Robotics Research Centre, NTU

    International Partners
    • University of Otago, New Zealand
    • Queensland University of Technology, Australia
    • Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
    • German Sport University Cologne, Germany
    • University of Rouen, France
  • The Motor Behaviour Laboratory is located at NIE Block 5 Level B1 Room no. 07 (NIE5-B1-07).

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    Travel by Bus:

    Bus 199 from Boon Lay Interchange.

    Parking:

    The nearest car park to the Human Bioenergetics Laboratory is Car Park 5. 

    Contact Us:

    Phone: 6790 3716 (Ms Judy Ong)

    Email: jiayi.chow@nie.edu.sg (Dr Chow Jia Yi)