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Qin "Arthur" Zhu, Ph.D
Motor Learning and Control & Human Perception and Action
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, Transfer of Motor Skills, and Rehabilitation of Motor Skills.
RESEARCH PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
- Perceptual-Motor Mechanisms in Long Distance Aimed Throwing
- Effect of visual illusion on discrete and continuous tapping task
- Effect of active music making on reach-to-grasp movement
- Learning bimanual coordination through somatosensory feedback
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)
- KIN 4020 - Motor Behavior
- KIN 4090 - Foundation of Coaching
- KIN 4900 - Understanding Skill Acquisition for Teaching
- KIN 5039 - Perception/Action in Motor Skills
- KIN 5586 - Advances in Research of Sport Expertise
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
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 Inter-manual Transfer of Learning on Acquisition of Long Distance Aimed Overarm Throwing" by UW Faculty-Grant-In-Aid for $7500 (Funded)
2010: "Investigating the Effect of Bimanual Transfer of Learning on Acquisition of Chinese Handwriting" by College of Health Sciences Faculty Seed Grant for $7500 (Funded)
2010: "Optimal Strung Tension on Racquet for Maximum Striking Performance of Badminton Players" by YONEX Sports for $3,000 (Funded)
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
Zhu, Q. (in press). Expert striking techniques allow effective use of all string tension for power stroke in badminton. Perceptual and Motor Skills.
Zhu, Q., Mirich T., & Bingham, G.P. (in press). Perception of relative throw-ability. Experimental Brain Research.
Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (in press). Seeing where the stone is thrown by observing a point-light thrower: Perception of action is enabled by information, not common coding. Experimental Brain Research.
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, 1198-1196.
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.
Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. (2011). Human readiness to throw: the size-weight illusion is not an illusion when picking the best objects to throw. Evolution and Human Behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS
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, August 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, August 2013.
Zhu, Q. “On the Affordance of Throwing” Invited oral presentation to the Department of Applied Psychology, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, CHINA, June 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 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. “Expert release control in response to changing spatial properties of a remote target” Poster presented at the NASPSPA conference, Honolulu, HI, USA, 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, USA, 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, USA, 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, USA, 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, USA, 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 in the 8th Progress in Motor Control meeting (PMC VIII), campus of the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, July 21-23, 2011.
Ravi, R.P., & Zhu, Q. "Expert Throwers can Perceive Spatial Properties of a Remote Target in Point-Light Display of Self Throws prior to Release" Poster in NASPSPA conference, Burlington, VT, USA, June 9-12, 2011.
Zhu, Q. "Does String Tension Make Sense to Badminton Players?- A Study on The Affordance of String Tension" Verbal presentation in NASPSPA conference, Burlington, VT, USA, June 9-12, 2011.
Zhu, Q., & Bingham, G.P. "Investigating the Information Used to Detect an Affordance for Maximum Distance Throws" Poster at the 15th International Conference on Perception and Action, Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, MN, USA, July 2009.
Zhu, Q., Dapena, J., Shea, J.B., & Bingham, G.P. "Effects of Object Size and Weight on the Kinematics of Throwing During Acquisition of Maximum Distance Throws" Poster in NASPSPA Conference, Austin, TX, USA, June 2009
Zhu, Q., Shea, J.B., & Bingham, G.P. "How People Became Sensitive to the Throwability of an Object: Learning Affordances while Learning to Throw" Poster in 79th Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Albuquerque, NM, USA, April 2009.
Bingham, G.P & Zhu, Q. "Hefting to Perceive Affordances for Maximum Throwing Distances is a Smart Perceptual Mechanism" at the International Conference "A Natural-Physical Perspective on Perception-Action-Cognition", Storrs, CT, USA, June 19-21, 2008.
PUBLIC MEDIA ATTENTION ON RESEARCH
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) /February, 2011: "Bad at estimating? Blame Evolution." (video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDzF092aaos)