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Division of Kinesiology and Health

College of Health Sciences

Qin "Arthur" Zhu, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Motor Learning and Control & Human Perception and Action

qzhu1@uwyo.edu • (307) 766-5752 • Corbett Building 111 

Arthur Zhu

EDUCATION

Ph.D in Human Performance, Indiana University (2008)

M.Ed. in Exercise Science, Shanghai University of Sport (2002)

B.S. in Coaching Education, Shanghai University of Sport (1999)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have a general interest in studying perceptual-motor skills, the skills that we acquired and use on daily basis or in sport settings. Using perception-action approach, my research examines how perception and action help one another in acquiring the functional control of human movement.  I am specifically interested in topics of Affordances, Overarm Throwing, Illusion Effets on Action, Coordination, and Rehabilitation of Motor Skills

RESEARCH PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

  • Coordination dynamics in badminton plays  
  • Perceptual-motor learning of bimanual coordination
  • Configural perception in vertical dance
  • Affordances in long distance target throwing
  • Perceptual-motor mechanisms in ACL loading during jump-landing
  • Motor learning/rehabilitation through robot-assisted dyadic interaction 

TEACHING

  • KIN 3060 - Understanding Skill Acquisition for Teaching
  • KIN 4020 - Motor Behavior 
  • KIN 4090 - Foundation of Coaching
  • KIN 5038 - Advances in Research of Sport Expertise
  • KIN 5039 - Perception/Action in Motor Skills
  • KIN 5586 - Variability of Movement in Performance  

AFFILIATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, CONSULTATIONS

  • Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
  • International Society for Perception and Action (ISPA)
  • North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)
  • Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA)
  • NSF THe Perception, Action, and Cognition Panel External Grant Reviewer
  • USA Badminton Coaching Development Program (USABCDP)
  • USA Badminton Court Official Committee (USABCOC) 

GRANTS, HONORS, AWARDS

2015:  “Exploring The Transfer Effects Of Perceptual-Motor Learning Of Coordination” by Shanghai Peak and High Plateau Disciplines Construction Grant: Phase I, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai Ministry of Education, CHINA, for ¥120,000 (equivalent to $20,000). (Funded)

2014: “Task-specific Bimanual Training To Improve Upper Limb Function Post Stroke” by Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research –Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), University of Nevada, Las Vegas for $10,980 (Funded)

2012: “Investigating Changes in Perceptuo-Motor Learning Rates as a Function of Aging in Bimanual Coordination” by Key Laboratory Initiative Grant for International Collaboration, Shanghai University of Sport, Ministry of Education, CHINA for ¥100,000 (Funded

2010: “Investigating the Effect of Bimanual Transfer of Learning on Acquisition of Long Distance Aimed Overarm Throwing” by UW Faculty-Grant-In-Aid for $7,500 (Funded

2010: “Optimal Strung Tension on Racquet for Maximum Striking Performance of Badminton Players” by YONEX Sports for $3,000 (Funded

PUBLICATIONS

REFERRED BOOK CHAPTERS

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2009). Investigating the information used to detect an affordance for maximum distance throws. In J. Wagman & C. Pagano (Eds.) Studies in Perception and Action X. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Wilson, A., Zhu, Q., Stanistreet, I., Barham, L., Bingham, G. (in press). A dynamical analysis of the suitability of prehistoric spheroids from the Cave of Hearths as thrown projectiles. Scientific Reports (IF = 5.578).

Wilson, A., Weightman, A., Bingham, G., Zhu, Q. (In press). Using task dynamics to quantify the affordances of throwing for distance and accuracy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000199. (IF = 3.358)

Dai, B., Stephenson, M.L., Ellis, S., Donohue, M.R., Ning, X., & Zhu, Q. (2016) Concurrent tactile feedback provided by a simple device increased knee flexion and decreased impact ground reaction forces during landing. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32(3):248-253. (IF = 0.984)

Fisher, H., Stephenson, M.L., Graves, K.K., Hinshaw, T.J., Smith, D.T., Wilson, M.A., Zhu, Q., & Dai, B. (2016). The relationship between force production during isometric squats and knee flexion angles during landing. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(6):1670-1679. (IF = 2.075)

Alphonsa, S., Dai, B.Y., Bengham-Deal, T., & Zhu, Q. (2016). Combined visual illusion effects on the perceived index of difficulty and movement outcomes in discrete and continuous Fitts’ tapping. Psychological Research, 80(1), 55-68. (IF = 2.863) 

Guo, W., Ren, J., Wang, B., & Zhu, Q. (in press). Effects of relaxing music on mental fatigue induced by continuous performance task: Behavioral and ERPs evidence. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0136446. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136446 (IF = 3.534)

Heinbaugh, E.M., Smith, D.T., Zhu, Q., Wilson, M.A., & Dai, B.Y. (2015). The effect of time-of-day on static and dynamic balance in recreational athletes. Sports Biomechanics, 14(3), 361-73. (IF = 0.867)

Donohue, M., Ellis, S., Heinbaugh, E., Zhu, Q., & Dai, B. (2015) Differences and correlations in knee and hip mechanics during single-leg landing, single-leg squat, double-leg landing, and double-leg squat tasks. Research in Sports Medicine, (ahead-of-print), 1-18. (IF = 1.704)

Wilson, M., Dai, B., Zhu, Q., & Humphrey, N. (2015). Estimating trunk muscle compressive force in rope and harness vertical dance. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science19(4), 163-172. http://dx.doi.org/10.12678/1089-313X.19.4.163. (SJR = 0.23)  

Ren, J., Huang, S.C., Zhang, J.C., Zhu, Q., Wilson, A.D., Snapp-Childs, W., & Bingham, G.P. (2015). The 50’s Cliff: A decline in pereptuo-motor learning, not a deficit in visual motion perception. PLoSONE, 10(4): e0121708. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121708. (IF = 3.534)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2014). Seeing where the stone is thrown by observing a point-light thrower: Perceiving the effect of action is enabled by information not motor experience. Ecological Psychology, 26, 229-261. (IF = 2.097)

Dai, B., Heinbaugh, E.M., Ning, X. & Zhu, Q. (2014) A resistance band increased internal hip abduction moment and gluteus medius activation during pre-landing and landing. Journal of Biomechanics, 47(15), 3674–3680. (IF = 2.716)

Zhu, Q., Mirich T., & Bingham, G.P. (2014). Perception of relative throw-ability. Experimental Brain Research. 232(2), 395-402. (IF = 2.221)

Zhu, Q. Expertise of using striking techniques for power stroke in badminton (2013). Perceptual and Motor Skills, 117(2), 427-441(IF = 0.655)

Zhu, Q. (2013). Perceiving the affordance of string tension for power strokes in badminton: Expertise allows effective use of all string tensions, Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(11), 1187-1196. (IF = 2.095)

Zhu, Q., Shockley, K., Riley, M.A., Tolston, M.T., & Bingham, G.P (2013). Felt heaviness is used to perceive the affordance for throwing but rotational inertia does not affect either, Experimental Brain Research, 224, 2, 221-231. (IF = 2.221)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2011). Human readiness to throw: the size-weight illusion is not an illustion when picking the best objects to throw. Evolution and Human Behavior, 32, 288-293. (IF = 3.946)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2010)  “The Size-Weight Illusion Is Not An Illusion When Picking The Best Objects to Throw”. Available from Nature Precedings <http://hdl.handle.net/10101/npre.2010.4584.1>. (IF = 2.927)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2010). Learning to perceive the affordance for long distance throwing: smart mechanism or function learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 4, 862-875. (IF = 3.061)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2009). Learning to throw to maximum distances:  Do release angle and speed reflect affordances for throwing? Human Movement Science, 28,6, 708-725. (IF = 2.064)

Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2008). Is hefting to perceive the affordance for throwing a smart perceptual mechanism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Performance and Perception, 34, 4, 929-943. (IF = 3.061)

Ren, J., Zhang, J.C., Yang, Y., Jin, Y.H., Zhu, Q., & Li, N.H. (2001). Research on attentional demand during implicit motor learning. Journal of Psychological Science, 24(4), Shanghai, China. (CSSCI-IF = 0.977)

Ren, J., Zhang, J.C., Jin, Y.H. , & Zhu, Q. (2001). The implicit learning and distractive practice in motor skill learning: coping with the stress. Journal of Sports Science, 3, Beijing, China. (CSSCI-IF = 1.950)

Zhu, Q., & Zhang, J.C. (2000). Status Quo of researches on selective attention in contemporary sports. Academic Journal of Shanghai Institute of Physical Education, 4, Shanghai, China. (CSSCI-IF = 1.543) 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Wilson, M., Feehan, S., Peng, J.Y., Dai, B.Y., & Zhu, Q. “Visual discrimination of dance movements performed on the ground and in the air” 10-minute verbal presentation at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) 26th Conference, Hong Kong, October 20 -23, 2016.

Meyer, E., Sciascia, Y., Cook, R., Hinshaw, T., Wang, C.Y., Zhu, Q., Dai, B.Y. “The Effect of a Secondary Cognitive Task on Lower Extremity Biomechanics and Performance during Landing” Poster presented at the 40th annual conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Raleigh, NC, August 2016.

Dai, B.Y., Hinshaw, T., Trumble, T., Cosgrove, M., Wang, C.Y., Zhu, Q., “Lowering Eye Height to Increase Knee and Hip Flexion during Landing” Poster presented at the 40th annual conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Raleigh, NC, August 2016.

Wilson, A., Zhu, Q., Stanistreet, I., Barham, L., & Bingham, G. “Task Dynamics and The Affordances of Prehistoric Spheroids for Throwing”. Oral paper presented at European Workshop on Ecological Psychology, Groningen, Netherlands, July 6, 2016.

Huang, S.C., & Zhu, Q., “Combined Visual-Kinesthetic Training Alleviated Visual Dominance Effect in Visual Learning of Bimanual Coordination” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2016. Refereed abstract published on Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, S38, 70.

Hart, T.P., & Zhu, Q., “Effects of Pattern Running vs. Reactive Initiation Training on Badminton On-court Agility” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2016. Refereed abstract published on Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, S38, 65.

Peng, J.Y., & Zhu, Q., “The Effects of Memory Style and Motor Experience on Action Memory” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2016. Refereed abstract published on Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, S38, 241.

Bingham, G.P., Snapp-Childs, W., Zhu, Q., Huang, S.C. “On the importance of inter-sensory redundancy: Learning a new rhythmic coordination pattern using one mode (vision vs kinesthesis) can teach performance using the other mode” Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference, Naples, FL, May 2016. Refereed abstract published on Journal of Vision

Zhu, Q., Dahill, A., Tryon, D., Dai, B., Lv, J. “The influence of musical training on lifting bottles of unknown weights” Poster accepted to be presented at the NASPSPA conference, Portland, OR, June 2015.

Huang,S.C., Ren, J., Zhang, J., Bingham, G., Zhu, Q., “Haptic information is more reliable than visual information in learning a novel pattern of bimanual coordination” Oral paper accepted to be presented at the NASPSPA conference, Portland, OR, June 2015.

Stephenson, M., Hinshaw, T., Trumble, T., Zhu, Q., Dai, B. “The effects of stimulus timing on the kinematics of a directed jump landing” Abstract submitted to be presented at the 39th annual conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, Columbus, OH, August 2015. 

Zhu, Q., Huang,S.C., Ren, J., Zhang, J.C., Wilson, A.D., Snap-Childs, W., & Bingham, G.P. “Older adults exhibit impaired perceptuo-motor learning of novel coordination patterns and it is not just poor visual motion perception” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 2014.

Mirich, T., Zhu, Q., Wilson, A.D., & Bingham, G.P. “Learning of novel coordination patterns is information mode specific and vision dominates” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 2014.

Alphonsa, S., & Zhu, Q.The differential effect of the perceived index of difficulty on the movement outcomes of discrete and continuous tapping” Oral paper presented at the NASPSPA conference, Minneapolis, MN, June 2014.

Dai, B., Zhu, Q., Ning, X., & Leigh, S. “Video-based motion capture to calculate 3D knee kinematics and kinetics during landing” Poster presented at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 2014.

Dai, B., Heignbaugh, E.M., Ning, X., Zhu, Q., “A resistance band increased internal hip abduction moments and gluteus medius activation during pre-landing and landing” Oral paper presented at the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 2014.

Dai, B., Stephenson, M., Ellis, S., Donohue, M., & Zhu, Q.Landing training with tactile feedback helped to increase maximum knee flexion angle and decrease impact forces” Poster presented at the 32nd International Society of Biomechanics in Sport (ISBS), Johnson City, TN, July, 2014.

Zhu, Q.On the Affordance of Throwing” Invited oral presentation to the Department of Applied Psychology, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, CHINA, June 6, 2013.

Zhu, Q.Judging the Destination of Throwing in Point Light Display: Testing the Motor Theory for Perception of Action” Invited oral presentation in the forum of “On the Motor Theory of Biological Motion Perception: Events and Actions as Dynamically Modeled Spatial-Temporal Objects” at the Department of Physical Education, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai, CHINA, June 7, 2013.

Donohue, M.R., Ellis, S.M., Heinbaugh, E.M., Zhu, Q., & Dai, B.Y. “Similarities and differences in knee mechanics between single leg squat and single leg jump” Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), Omaha, NE, Aug 2013.

Wilson, M., Dai, B.Y., Zhu, Q., & Humphery, N. “Estimating trunk muscle force in vertical dance” Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), Omaha, NE, Aug 2013.

Alphonsa, S., & Zhu, Q.The perceived index of difficulty determines the accuracy of the discrete tapping” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, New Orlean, LA, June 2013.

Zhu, Q., Wilson, A.D., & Bingham, G.P. “Common coding not supported: Expert and novice throwers viewing point-light displays of self vs other’s throwing motions to judge target locations” Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Mirich, T., Zhu, Q., Bingham, G.P. “Relative throw-ability of objects of varying size and weight is perceivable as revealed by magnitude estimation methods” Poster presented at  the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Wilson, A.D., Weightman, A., Zhu, Q., Bingham, G.P. “Using dynamical simulations to quantify affordances in the task space for throwing to hit distant targets” Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Zhu, Q., Lu, J.D. “Expert release control in response to changing spatial properties of a remote target” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Alphonsa, S., & Zhu, Q.The perceived index of difficulty affected accuracy more than movement time in a rapid tapping task” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Falvey, J., & Zhu, Q.The effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation combined with mental practice to learn a novel fine motor skill” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Zhu, Q., Leonard, K., & Falvey, J. “The roles of self identity and expertise in judging spatial properties of a hidden remote target in point-light-display of aimed throwing” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Zhu, Q. Assessing string tension effect on badminton power stroke performed by players at different levels” Poster presented at the 12th Measurement and Evaluation Symposium: New approaches in measuring and assessing physical activity, Boston, MA, March, 2012

Zhu, Q.Perception and Action Approach to Study Skill Acquisition in Sport and Rehabilitation” Invited oral presentation to the Department of Psychology, Suchow University, Suzhou, CHINA, June , 2011.

Zhu, Q.Research on Affordances in Sport” Invited oral presentation to the Graduate School, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, CHINA, June, 2011.

Zhu, Q., & Ravi, R.P. “Effects of target height and distance on the release control of long distance aimed overarm throwing” Poster presented at the 8th Progress in Motor Control Meeting (PMC VIII), University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, July, 2011. (Accepted but withdrew due to graduate student leaving).

Zhu, Q. & Ravi, R.P. “Expert Throwers can Perceive Spatial Properties of a Remote Target in Point-Light Display of Self Throws prior to Release” Poster presented at the NASPSPA Conference, Burlington, VT, June , 2011.

Zhu, Q.Does String Tension Make Sense to Badminton Players?- A Study on The Affordance of String Tension” Oral paper presented at the NASPSPA Conference, Burlington, VT, June , 2011. 

PUBLIC MEDIA ATTENTION ON RESEARCH

Science Friday / December 26, 2014: “Birdie In Flight: The Science of Badminton” (video available at http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/12/26/2014/birdie-in-flight-the-science-of-badminton.html)

USNews Science /January 25, 2011: “Human’s Critical Ability to Throw Long Distances Aided by an Illusion – New research shows how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, readily learn to throw long distances”

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) /Febuary, 2011: “Bad at estimating? Blame Evolution” (video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDzF092aaos)


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