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Gabriele Wulf is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at UNLV. Dr. Wulf studies factors that influence motor skill learning, including the performer’s focus of attention and motivational variables (e.g., autonomy support, performance expectancies). Her research has resulted in ca. 200 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books. Dr. Wulf has received various awards for her research, including UNLV’s Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award. She served as the founding editor of Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology (2010-2012) and the Journal of Motor Learning and Development (2012-2015). She served as the President of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (2013-2016). Dr. Wulf co-authored with Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite the OPTIMAL Theory of motor learning (2016).

See also OPTIMAL Motor Learning


Schmidt, R. A., Lee, T. D., Winstein, C. J., Wulf, G., & Zelaznik, H. N. (2018). Motor control and learning (6th edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.