William Berg

William Berg


Area: Kinesiology
Office: 202G Phillips Hall

Degree: Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
M.Ed. - University of Mississippi
B.S. - University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Berg’s research interests are in the area of human motor control, with a focus on locomotor and postural behavior, and the role of attention in human performance. His current work concentrates on understanding how the central nervous system (CNS) uses unconscious processes to prepare for and execute skilled movements.

Current Courses Taught:

KNH 184 Motor Skill Learning and Performance
KNH 184L Motor Skill Learning and Performance Laboratory
KNH 381 Biodynamics of Human Performance
KNH 483/583 Advanced Motor Control and Learning
KNH 453/553 Special Topics: A Dynamical Systems Approach to Motor Skill Acquisition
KNH 453/553 Special Topics: Motor Control Research

Recent Publications:

1) *Wolf, R., Thurmer, H.P., Berg, W.P., Smart. L.J., *Cook, H. (2017). Effect of the Alexander Technique on muscle activation, movement kinematics and performance quality in collegiate violinists and violists: A pilot feasibility study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 32, 78-84.

2) Berg, W.P, Hughes, M.H. (2017). The effect of load uncertainty and foreperiod regularity on anticipatory and compensatory neuromotor control in catching. Motor Control, 21, 1-25.

3) Berg, W.P., *Richards, B., *Hannigan, A., *Biller, K.M., Hughes, M.H. (2016). Does load uncertainty affect adaptation to catch training. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 2595-2607

4) *Kennedy, J.D., Berg, W.P. (2016). The influence of imposed optical flow on basketball shooting performance and postural sway. International Journal of Sports Science, 6, 180-186.

5) *Waxman, J., Walsh, M.S., Smith, S.T., Berg, W.P., Ward. R.M., Noyes, F.R (2016). The effects of a 6-week neuromuscular training program on quadriceps and hamstring muscle activation during side-cutting in high school female athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 8, 164-176. 

6) *Petrovic, M., Berg, W.P., Mark, M.S., Hughes, M.R. (2015). The impact of object weight, reach distance, discomfort and muscle activation on the location of the preferred critical boundary during a seated reaching task. Human Movement Science, 44, 122-133.

7) Berg, W.P., *Dessecker, D.J. (2013). Evidence of unconscious motor adaptation to cognitive and auditory distractions. Adaptive Behavior, 21, 346-355.

8) Strang, A., DiDomenico, A., Berg, W., McGorry, R. (2013). Assessment of differenced center of pressure time series improves detection of age-related changes in postural coordination. Gait and Posture, 38, 345-348. 

9) *Eckerle, J.J., Berg, W.P., Ward, R.M. (2012). The effect of load uncertainty on anticipatory muscle activity in catching. Experimental Brain Research, 220, 311-18. 

10) Berg, W.P., *Murdock, L.A. (2011). Age-related differences in locomotor targeting performance under structural interference. Age and Ageing, 40, 324-329. 

11) Berg, W.P., Strang, A.J. (2011). The role of electromyography (EMG) in the study of anticipatory postural adjustments. In C. Steele (Ed.), Applications of EMG in Clinical and Sports Medicine (pp. 53-68). Rijeka, Croatia, Intech Publishers.