Child Motor Development Laboratory
The Lab is dedicated to the discovery, communication, and application of knowledge associated with physical growth and motor behavior of children.
Exploring the Cognitive Level of Action Processing
Motor actions require a complex set of perceptual to motor transformations. One of the initial steps is to create a mental (action) representation of the desired action; a model that estimates the outcome and consequences of actions. The study of such provides insight to the cognitive processes that underscore and drive motor programming. Our projects involve planning a variety of motor actions and the use of visual and motor imagery.
Effects of the Home Environment on Motor Development During the First 3 Years
Contemporary infant research suggests quite convincingly that an optimal level of development occurs only with a stimulating environment and strong contextual support. Our lab developed an instrument used to assess the home, the Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development (AHEMD) that has been translated from English to seven languages. Research has involved and continues to examine influence of home motor affordances on later motor and cognitive development. Our current projects involve a colaborative between Texas A&M, the Methodist University of Piracicaba Physical Therapy Program (UNIMEP, Brazil), and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. Carl Gabbard, Director