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John J. Rieser


John J. Rieser



Professor of Psychological Sciences
Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology & Human Development

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Personal Statement

Rieser works to understand how people plan and control their actions so the action forms and action forces fit their environmental conditions and personal characteristics.  It is aimed at understanding learning to fine tune actions to fit with changing conditions  involved in moving to new terrain or growth related to age, skill, &  strength.  We assume that actions are systemic & functionally organized, so that learning to accomplish a task in one context transfers to other contexts.  We are working to figure out how functionally organized learning specified in terms of  goals, might  generalize to the level of the action system’s kinematics and dynamics.  Our experiments relate to practical problems, for example blind mobility and navigation, motor interfaces to virtual environments, and skilled actions when singing or throwing.

Related Publications, by Category

Theory of Action

Locomotor Actions