Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories?

SCHOLLHORN, W I, BECKMANN, H, MICHELBRINK, M, SECHELMANN, M, TROCKEL, M and DAVIDS, K (2006). Does noise provide a basis for the unification of motor learning theories? International Journal of Sport Psychology, 37 (2-3), 186-206.

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL:
Related URLs:


    In this position paper we examine whether performance and learning of basic motor skills in football can be enhanced by adding noise in the form of random components to target movements during training. To support our argument we examine data on performance and learning of fundamental target skills such as passing and shooting. Evidence emerged from these studies that the addition of random variability during performance and learning of football skills benefited participants of differenct skill levels, compared to players engaged in traditional practice programmes emphasizing continuous repetition of target movements. The ubiquitous phenomenon of stochastic resonance is proposed as a potential mechansim for the counterintuitive benefits of adding noise to learning and performance enviornments. further research is needed to verify our interpretation of these data from football suggesting that stochastic resonance may form an umbrella explanatory framework on the role of variability in extant theories of motor learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Page Range: 186-206
    Depositing User: Carole Harris
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 08:34
    Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:31

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item


    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics