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ERIC Number: ED107633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Pages: 18
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Aging and Motor Skill: A Research Frontier.
Lersten, Ken
This report reviews research which characterizes the motor skill capacity of older persons, 50 years of age and beyond. Research dealing with sensory-motor systems, memory, and practice factors receives major attention. Suggestions for future research include the following: (a) social psychological parameters which contribute to motor learning and performance difficulties; (b) changes with age of vision, taste, smell, pain, and touch, and whether they are peripheral or central; (c) the notion of "slowing" as a theory; and (d) receptor and translation difficulties in motor tasks. According to the study, aging is a research frontier which has great promise for a deeper understanding of motor skills throughout the life span. So far, the motor learning literature of physical education is nearly devoid of such work, and it seems that research has totally neglected the latter half of the life span of humans. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (Anaheim, California, March 1974)