William Berg

William BergProfessor

204A Phillips Hall

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. Berg, W.P., Hughes, M.H. (in press). Information for anticipatory neuromotor control in catching under load uncertainty. Experimental Brain Research.

  2. *Wood, K., Berg, W.P., Salcedo, N., Walsh, M., *Biller, K. (in press). The effects of closed kinetic chain and open kinetic chain exercise on hip musculature strength and timing in women. Gazzetta Medica Italiana.

  3. Berg, W.P., Hughes, M.H. (2020). The effect of load uncertainty on neuromotor control in catching: Gender differences and short foreperiods. Journal of Motor Behavior, 52, 318-332.

  4. *Wolf, R., Thurmer, H.P., Berg, W.P., Smart. L.J., *Cook, H. (2017). The 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.

  5. 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.

  6. *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.

  7. 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.

  8. *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. Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, 8, 164-176.

  9. *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.

In the News

Exploring the Profound Mysteries of Movement - with William Berg

In this podcast episode, we explore the mysteries of movement. Since for most of us, movement is such a mundane, everyday activity, it may seem strange to learn that we really don’t know all that much about it. But in reality, the ways in which we move actually hide an intricate complexity that is, so far, is actually pretty mind-boggling.