News and events

Dr Chris Button to visit the Motor Skills Lab Posted 17 Oct 2017
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Chris will be presenting to the lab. on Friday October 20th. He is currently in town for the "drowning prevention conference" which is being held in downtown Vancouver.
Upcoming conferences: October and November 2017 Posted 26 Sep 2017
SCAPPS -- Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology | Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport.Annual conference in St John's Newfoundland, hosted by Memorial University. October 12th - 14th 2017PSYCHONOMICS -- 58TH Annual meeting, to be held in Vancouver, November 9th-12th 2017
Professor Rouwen Canal-Bruland to give the KIN. seminar Nov 8th 2017 Posted 26 Sep 2017
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Please see attached poster for details of Dr Canal-Bruland's visit. He will be with us in the Motor Skills Lab. all day on Wednesday November 8th. He will be given the Kinesiology seminar  presenting in the Centre for Brain Health (Rudy North Theatre, Basement, LL101) from 12:30-2pm. Lunch will be provided beforehand, so please come early.
Awards at NASPSPA, 2017 Posted 15 Jun 2017
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Professor's Tim Lee and Digby Elliott (formerly of McMaster University, where they were both active committee members, teachers, collaborators and mentors of mine), were both awarded Distinguished Scholar Status at NASPSPA in San Diego. I had the honour of introducing Dr Lee (along with Quincy Almeida from Laurier University and Diane Ste-Marie from U. of Ottawa).
NASPSPA Conference, Celebrating 50 years Posted 23 May 2017
 We are heading off to San Diego June 4th - 8th for the 50th Anniversary special of NASPSPA (N. American Society for Sport Psychology & Physical Activity). Two of our current students will be presenting; April Karlinsky and David Hendry, as well as past student, Desmond Mulligan, on some research we are conducting at UBC:
Successful Sport Expertise workshop at NASPSPA Posted 22 Jun 2016
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We had a fantastic time at the INS in Quebec, in the top floor of the Olympic Tower, overlooking Montreal. Thanks to all who participated in the event which was held on June 15th, just before the NASPSPA main conference. We had 120 people attending the event, with 16 presentations on topics related to deliberate practice and talent identification, perceptual-cognitive skills in sports and issues in sports' expertise. Stay tuned as we are planning to disseminate some of the research presented at this event in the Journal of Motor Learning and Development.
Congrats May 2016 Graduates Posted 26 May 2016
A great ceremony today, especially for people from the lab. Congratulations to Shawn Hetherington on his MKIN degree and to Jamie Hawke and Emily Brewer for obtaining their BKIN degrees. Also, a big congratulations too to Brennan Chan on received his DUAL degrees in Science and Music! Well done all and best wishes in your future careers.
Dr Cate Madill from U Sydney is visiting the lab Posted 26 May 2016
Cate will be visiting us again from May 25th-June 1st. She will be talking about her new award and recent research where she has been trying to advance teaching of voice-related motor skills using principles of motor skill acquisition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QqvjHP4bTc&feature=youtu.be 
Former postdoc, Dr Keith Lohse, gives a great interview! Posted 18 Mar 2016
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Keith was interviewed by Dr Rob Gray on his perception action podcast yesterday. He gave an excellent interview and chatted about some work he did here at UBC.http://perceptionaction.com/23a/ 
Special Issue on Sport Expertise now in print Posted 02 Mar 2016
I am very pleased to announce that the Journal Special Issue, which Joe Baker and I edited for the International Jn of Sport Psychology in honour of Dr Janet Starkes' contribution to the field of sport expertise, has now been published. Because of the numerous contributions the special issue has been divided into 2 issues. The first was published in Dec 2015 (vol 46, 6) and the second (vol 47, 1) is due in print March 2016.