Lecture to discuss brain processes, motor performance under stress

Bradley Hatfield, professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, will present this year's edition of the Dorothy B. Harris Lecture. His lecture, titled “Brain Processes and Motor Performance Under Stress -- Choking vs. Resilience,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center (room 110 Henderson Building). The event, sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, the College of Health and Human Development, and Penn State, is free and open to the public.

Hatfield’s research examines exercise and the aging brain as well as the psychological aspects of expert motor performance. He studies these from a cognitive neuroscience approach using brain imaging methods including electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). He is currently conducting research, supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, on the effects of psychological stress on cerebral cortical dynamics and the quality of motor performance. Additional research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, is focused on the interactive role of physical activity/exercise and genotype in the delay of onset of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Hatfield has published in a number of scholarly journals and currently holds membership on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and the Journal of Contemporary Athletics, and also serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Hatfield previously served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and as president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology, and a charter fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

Hatfield has adjunct appointments at the University of Maryland in the Center for Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) as well as the Center on Aging. He received his doctorate in 1982 from Penn State, where he was supported by the Research Council of Canada as a doctoral fellow.

About the lecture series: The Dorothy V. Harris Lecture Series in Sport Psychology honors Dorothy Harris, a Penn State alumna, former faculty member, and a pioneer and leader in the fields of sport psychology and women in sport. While at Penn State, she developed one of the first graduate programs in sport psychology in the country. Later, she became the first woman president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Penn State in 1982, and in 2004, the Board of Trustees named a residence hall on the University Park campus in her honor. Begun in 1995, the lecture is presented annually in memory of Harris, who died in 1991.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015