Individual Differences in Movement

  • Bruce D. Kirkcaldy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Experimental and Developmental Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin R. Sheridan
      Pages 3-26
    3. John Brebner
      Pages 27-41
    4. Sverker Runeson
      Pages 43-66
    5. Peter Glanzmann
      Pages 89-113
  3. Physiological and Clinical Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Kenneth B. Campbell, Nancy Noldy-Cullum
      Pages 147-167
    3. Natalia P. Bechtereva, Diliara K. Kambarova
      Pages 169-192
    4. Patricia J. Castell, James A. Blumenthal
      Pages 215-228
  4. Social and Applied Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. James J. Conley
      Pages 247-256
    3. Bruce D. Kirkcaldy
      Pages 257-277
    4. David K. B. Nias
      Pages 279-292
    5. Marsha B. Liss
      Pages 293-302
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-309

About this book


This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between differential psychology and human movement. It is curious that each discipline has received considerable attention in its own right but little effort has been made to cross-fertilize them. Some experimentalists view this union as the equivalent of committing academic adultery; they have tended to concentrate on general theories and models of motor control and movement, viewing individual differences as awkward and best assigned to the error variance component of an analysis. By neglecting person variables, valuable information is discarded: people do differ in terms of ability, attitude, motivation and temperament and it is hardly surprising that such differences interact with a variety of experimental and situational para­ digms. The causes and determinants of individual differences must be examined at an interdisciplinary level, incorporating studies from experimental, physio­ logical, clinical and educational psychology. This synthesis could not have been actualized by any single contributor. For this reason, a multi-authored approach has been adopted, in which 17 specialists have been assembled to present the current position of individual difference research in their respective disciplines. The authors were granted maximum freedom in their selection and present­ ation of material. What emerges is, hopefully, a novel and informative col­ lection of articles addressed to a wide audience and providing an impulse for further research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bruce D. Kirkcaldy
    • 1
  1. 1.Rehabilitation ClinicUniversity of CologneCologne, 41-LindenthalWest Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8676-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4912-6
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