Dr. Christopher Aiken

Christopher AikenAssistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology & Dance

New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3M
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: (575) 646-1769
E-mail: aiken@nmsu.edu

Dr. Aiken is an assistant professor in the Kinesiology and Dance department at New Mexico State University. His research focuses on manipulations that facilitate the learning of a motor skill. More specifically, he focuses on how allowing a learner to control some aspect of the learning environment facilitates skill acquisition. He also investigates the effects of within and between limb transfer. His work attempts to help us better understand how different aspects of a simple movement are controlled differently and why we see transfer of some movement parameters but not others.
 

Educational Background:

  • BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 2007
  • MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee, 2011
  • PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Motor Control and Learning from Louisiana State University (LSU), 2015

Signature course(s): Motor Control and Learning

Recent publications:

Aiken, C. A., Pan, Z., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (in press). The effects of a two-step transfer on a visuomotor aiming task. Experimental Brain Research.

Post, P. G., Aiken, C. A., Laughlin, D. D., & Fairbrother, J. T. (2016). Self-control over combined video feedback and modeling facilitates motor learning. Human Movement Science, 47, 49-59.

Aiken, C. A., Pan, Z., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2015). Limb dominance and its effects on the benefits of intralimb transfer of learning a visuo-motor aiming task. Journal of Motor Behavior, 47, 509-521.

Recent presentations:

Luzar, B. W., Cameron, L. G., Aiken, C. A. (2017). The effects of self-control on the learning of a graphical aiming task. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39, S.

Genter, A. M., & Aiken, C. A. (2017). The effects of high and low contextual interference on the learning of three variations of a golf chipping task. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39, S.

Deel, N. M., Geddes, H., & Aiken, C. A. (2017). Increased autonomy facilitates learning in a self-control protocol. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 39, S.

Aiken, C. A., Becker, K. A., Lee, A., Post, P. G., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2016). Performance on a choice-reaction time is not affected by physical stress in the form of high ambient temperature. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal, CN. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S.

Aiken, C. A., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2016). The effects of two stress types on motor learning and practice specificity. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal, CN. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 38, S.

Aiken, C. A., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2015, June). Stress-related increases in effort does not facilitate motor learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Portland, OR. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 37, S.

Aiken, C. A., Moss, T., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2016). Increases in cognitive effort diminishes the contextual interference effect. Presented at the annual meeting for Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL.

Aiken, C. A., Odom, S., & Van Gemmert, A. W. A. (2015, June). Stress and motor learning: Does the presentation of physical or cognitive stress influence motor skill acquisition? Presented at the 2015 International Graphonomics Society, Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.