I am very excited to share this podcast with you. My guest Dr Paula Silva is a researcher who I have been a fan of for many years, and has been hugely influential to me.
In part 1 we explored many themes including:
1. What is anti-fragility?
2. How does anti-fragility differ from resilience?
3. Why we might want to stop trying to train/ coach perfect form and patterns.
4. How bodies learn to move and be skilful.
5. Can we use operant conditioning like they do in AI and robotics?
6. An introduction to meta-stability.
Here is a link to a video that supports the conversation about AI and training robots: https://youtu.be/5jL5wRGrCvk
My guest Paula Silva received a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG (Brazil) in 2000, a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science from the same university in 2002, and a PhD degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2009.
Paula also obtained a Certificate in Quantitative Methods from the University of Connecticut and is an Associate Professor and Co-director of graduate training in the Psychology Department and one of the primary faculty members of the Center for Cognition, Action & Perception.
Paula's research primarily focuses on human performance from the perspectives of complexity science and ecological psychology. Specifically, action strategies employed by individuals of different ages, with and without pathological conditions, when performing various tasks. Her research has three complementary aims: (a) advancing general theoretical principles to explain coordination and perceptual regulation of biological movement supporting successful performance in diverse circumstances, (b) revealing and explaining changes in action coordination and perceptual capabilities associated with pathological conditions, and (c) applying these principles to design methods for assessing and enhancing resilience of individuals with movement-related disability and those at risk for sports injury.
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