What is psychomotor behaviour?

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What is psychomotor behaviour?

Psychomotor behaviour - behaviour about the origin of physical movement that is associated with mental activity.

Input --> process --> output (just like a computer)

  • Input = stimuli
  • Process = decision-making process
  • Output = behaviour


  • Individual differences
  • Emotions and feelings
  • Perform under pressure
  • Independent thought
  • Personality
  • Can adapt a computer on how it works, but for a human, it would be very difficult
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Perception - processing stimuli from the self or environment.

Cognition - the mental process by which external or internal input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used (Neisser, 1967). It involves a variety of functions such as attention, memory processing, decision-making, reasoning, problem-solving, imaging, planning and executing actions.

Motor behaviour - the planning and execution of actions.

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Expert sport performance

Cristiano Ronaldo:

  • Could pick up advanced stimuli
  • Reaction time was quicker
  • More confident
  • Less cognition needed
  • Optimal level of arousal

Novice performer:

  • Less experienced
  • Reaction time was slower
  • Less confident
  • Less knowledge
  • Less aroused to perform
  • Anxious
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The cerebral cortex

4 specialised regions:

  • Frontal lobe
  • Parietal lobe
  • Occipital lobe
  • Temporal lobe
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Central nervous system

CNS - neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

4 types of cell:

  • Unipolar
  • Bipolar
  • Pseudounipolar
  • Multipolar

Function: gather signals; process them; depending on the result of processing; send impulse to next neuron(s).

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