Teaching movement science with full-body motion capture in an undergraduate liberal arts psychology class

Shengwei Yao, Elizabeth Queathem, David Neville, Damian Kelty-Stephen


Movement science is a field that is quickly growing in its scope, leaning heavily on psychological expertise for research design with human participants but requiring computational and engineering ability. Undergraduate psychology curricula are in a unique position to train some of its future scholars. This report reviews an attempt to pilot a class on motion capture for undergraduate psychology students. Recent developments in motion-capture technology have opened up the opportunity for giving hands-on experience with high-quality motion capture for students at liberal-arts colleges with leaner research budgets. Post-course responses to the Research on Integrated Science Curriculum (RISC) survey demonstrated that our students made significantly large gains in their ability to organise an empirical approach to study a complex problem with no clear solution, and to collect and analyse data to produce a coherent insight about that problem. Students may benefit from incorporating motion capture into their undergraduate psychology curriculum.

Published: 4 October 2018

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2018, 26: 2119 - http://dx.doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v26.2119

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motion capture; psychology; movement science; integrated science curriculum; inertial measurement units

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