Interim Chair, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Office: Davies Hall 119
Phone: (618) 453-3124
Fax: (618) 453-3329
EducationPh.D. Louisiana State University (Motor Behavior and Cognitive Psychology), 2008
B.S. University of Central Missouri (Kinesiology and Biology), 2001
About Dr. Porter
Dr. Porter’s research investigates how humans learn/re-learn motor skills, and how the human nervous system controls the body to generate skillful movements. He is primarily interested in how factors such as practice schedule design, skill level, motor/cognitive impairments, cancer recovery, cognitive load, decision making, human factors, instruction/feedback, and focusing of attention interact with motor skill learning and performance. Dr. Porter is a cross appointed faculty member in the Department of Psychology (Brain and Cognitive Sciences division) and is a member of the Center for Integrated Research in Cognitive and Neural Sciences (CIR-CNS) at SIU.
He is an active member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also an Associate Editor for the scientific journal Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, and is also an editorial board member for the Journal of Motor Learning and Development. His primary teaching responsibilities at Southern Illinois University include KIN 525 (Motor Learning) and KIN 313 (Motor Behavior).
Prospective Doctoral Students
If you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in psychology with an emphasis in motor learning/control, please visit the following site (http://cola.siu.edu/psychology/index.php) or contact Dr. Porter directly.
Porter, J. M., Anton, P.M., Wikoff, N., & Ostrowski, J. (2013). Instructing skilled athletes to focus their attention externally at greater distances enhances jumping performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27, 2073-2078.
Porter, J.M., & Sims, B. (2013). Altering focus of attention influences elite athletes sprinting performance. International Journal of Coaching Science, 8, 22-27.
Anton, P., Porter, J. M., & Ostrowski, J. (2013). Improvement in lift and carry task in cancer survivors participating in prescribed exercise. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61, 165-166.
Saemi, E., Porter, J. M., Wulf, G., Ghotbi –Varzaneh, A., & Bakhtiari, S. (2013). Adopting an external focus of attention facilitates motor learning in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Kinesiology, 45, 179-185.
Schlesinger, M., Porter, J. M., & Russell, R. (2013). An External Focus of Attention Enhances Manual Tracking of Occluded and Visible Targets. Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 1-9.