Motor control, motor learning, and clinical education: Observational practice and educational networking

Theoretical expertise in human motor control and skill learning underpins a rigorous program of research concerned with understanding educational applications in the context of clinical skill training. This work focuses specifically on understanding the fundamental psychomotor processes that contribute to human expertise at precision movement skills, how these processes underpin mechanisms of skill development, and what this means for  innovations in health professions education.

One purpose of this current work is to inform on the in which clinical technical skill learning in distributed education environments can be enhanced by observational practice techniques and unique, student-to-student peer interactions. In particular, this research leverages new developments in Internet-mediated networking and video-sharing to bring these concepts to the forefront of health professions education discussions concerned with bridging the gap that exists between health professions campuses and those learners that train in distributed or remote environments. This program is reflected in publications in both the theoretical kinesiology literature and the health professions education literature, and involves major collaborations with researchers at the Ontario University Institute of Technology and the Ontario Simulation Network.

Recent Publications

  • Welsher A, Rojas D, Khan Z, Vanderbeek L, Kapralos B, Grierson LEM (in press)The application of observational practice and educational networking in simulation-based and distributed medical education contexts. Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Grierson LEM, Roberts JL, Welsher A. The effect of modeled absolute timing variability and relative timing variability on observational learning. Acta Psychologica, 176, 71-77, 2017.
  • Welsher A, Grierson LEM. Enhancing technical skill learning through interleaved mixed-model observational practice. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 1-11, 2017. doi:10.1007/s10459-017-9759-0.
  • Elliott D, Hansen S, Lyons J, Roberts J, Grierson LEM, Bennett S, Hayes S, Burkitt J. The multiple process model of goal-directed reaching revisited. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 72, 95-110, 2017.
  • Domuracki K, Wong A, Olivieri L, Grierson LEM. The Impact of Observing Flawed and Flawless Demonstrations on Clinical Skill Learning. Medical Education, 49, 186-192. 2015.
  • Grierson LEM, Ohson S, Lyons J. The relative influence of movement kinematics and extrinsic object characteristics on the perception of lifted weight. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 1-8. 2013.
  • Grierson LEM, Barry M, Kapralos B, Carnahan H, Dubrowski A. The role of collaborative interactivity in the observational practice of clinical skills. Medical Education, 46(4):409-416. 2012.