Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology | Société Canadienne D'Apprentissage Psychomoteur et de Psychologie du Sport

St. John's, NL

Oct 12-14, 2017


St. John's, NL

Oct 12-14, 2017


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    About SCAPPS

    The Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology (SCAPPS) had its beginnings in Edmonton in 1969 as a meeting of scholars, both faculty and graduate students, interested in research in psychomotor learning and sport psychology. It was founded as a society in Banff, Alberta, in 1977.

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    SCAPPS Executive

    There are eight different positions on the executive: President Elect, President, Past President, Secretary Treasurer, Secretary Communications, Director: Sport & Exercise Psychology, Director: Motor Learning & Motor Control as well as a new Student Representative. 

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    SCAPPS 2017 Keynotes / Senior Lectures

    2017 SCAPPS Pre-Conference Events

    Pre-Conference Workshop

    Linking Population Health and Behaviour Change Theory ($50)

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE! Thursday, Oct. 12, 9am to 4pm

    The objective of the workshop is to begin the process of preparing a conceptual manuscript for publication. Our objective is to start the conversation and provide opportunities for participants to follow up on the workshop and prepare manuscripts. We feel this is a lofty but attainable goal. Possible
    venues for population include Annals of Behavioural Medicine or Social Science and Medicine.

    Learning objectives:

    1. Discuss and apply population health and behaviour change concepts.
    2. Link population health concepts with behaviour change theories.
    3. Provide tangible suggestions about how to link population health and behavior change.
    4. Write conceptual paragraphs discussing similarities and differences between population health and behaviour change.

    To view all the details, please download the flyer.

    Pre-Conference Symposium

    Offshore Safety and Survival Centre, Marine Institute Tour and Applied Research Lectures (No Fee) 

    Tour on morning of Oct. 12 and lectures in afternoon

    The tour will involve a bus ride from Delta hotel to Foxtrap (about 20 minutes outside of St. John’s) to the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre which is a facility that trains thousands of marine and offshore workers each year in safety and survival skills.  This facility also serves as our “living lab” for doing applied motor learning research. The tour will include the environmental theatre which can simulate waves, wind, rain, thunder and lighting. This facility is used for marine safety and survival training including Helicopter Underwater Egress Training.  The 3D motion helicopter cabin simulator will also be demonstrated. Finally, we will tour the fire field that has oil rig, ship, and helicopter structures that can be set on fire.

    Following the tour, members of the Ocean Safety Research Lab (Drs. Heather Carnahan, Liz Sanli Matthew Ray and Desmond Mulligan) will highlight current work. Tentatively, Dr. Gal Ziv, a helicopter pilot with a doctorate in motor learning will present a special lecture on gaze behaviour and aviation. Dr. Ziv is currently a faculty member at Zinman College, Wingate Institute, Israel.

    The book of abstracts for the 2017 SCAPPS Conference is now available. Click here to download.

    General Program

    October 12 - 14, 2017
    Day 1
    12 Oct 2017
    Day 2
    13 Oct 2017
    Day 3
    14 Oct 2017

    Optional Tour of Offshore Safety and Survival Centre in Foxtrap (Registration Required)

    9:30-10:00 Bus pick-up at Delta; 10:00-11:00 Tour of facilities; 11:00-12:30 Research Workshop; 12:30-13:30 Lunch at OSSC; 13:30-14:00 Return by bus to Delta

    Opening and Young Scientist Presentations

    (1) Erica Bennett – Exercise Psychology – “I’ll do Anything to Maintain my Health”: How Women aged 65 to 94 Perceive, Experience, and Cope with their Aging Bodies; (2) Christopher Forgaard – Psychomotor – Learning An Examination of the Startle Response During Upper Limb Stretch Perturbations; (3) Celina H. Shirazipour – Sport Psychology – The Role of Quality Elements of Participation in Promoting Physical Activity and the Transition to Civilian Life among Veterans with a Physical Disability

    Optional – Signal Hill Hike [Cost: Shared Taxi Fare]

    6:30am sharp – Taxi leave Delta for drop at top of Signal Hill; Hike down, around Signal Hill and walk back to Delta

    Free Communications & Symposia

    (1) Room E – Motor Control – Neural Processes; (2) Room F – Sport Psychology – Disability & Chronic Conditions; (3) Room G – Exercise Psychology – Physical Activity Strategies and Interventions; (4) Salon A – Sport Psychology – Sport in Indigenous and Vulnerable Communities
    10:30 - 11:00

    Break (Crush Lobby)

    Exercise Psychology Keynote

    Dr. Catherine Sabiston – Emotions in Sport and Exercise: The Good and the Bad About the Ugly?
    12:00 - 13:30

    Lunch and Business Meeting (Crush Lobby)

    Free Communications & Symposia

    (1) Room E – Motor Control – Multisensory Integration & Adaptation; (2) Room F – Sport Psychology – The Social Context of Sport & Sport Teams; (3) Room G – Exercise Psychology – Youth; (4) Salon A SYMPOSIUM – Mind the Gap: Examining Coaching Approaches Oriented to Adults in Sport
    15:00 - 15:30

    Break (Crush Lobby)

    Wilberg and Carron Lectures

    (1) Wilberg Lecture – Dr. David Westwood – Reaching forward and looking back; (2) Carron Lecture – Dr. Mark Eys – Engines, lug nuts, and flat tires: The importance of roles within performance groups


    $20 pp, pay when you register at the Pub; Sign-up Sheet at Conference Registration Desk

    Free Communications

    (1) Room E – Motor Control – Coordination & Control of Movement in Special Populations; (2) Room F – Sport Psychology – Youth; (3) Room G – Exercise Psychology – Cancer
    10:30 - 11:00

    Break (Crush Lobby)

    Motor Control Keynote

    Dr. Richard Carson – What Can Genetic Analyses Tell Us About Human Motor Learning?
    12:00 - 13:00

    Lunch Break (Lunch is not provided)

    Free Communications & Symposia

    (1) Room E – Motor Control – Sensorimotor Control Processes in Simple & Complex Movements; (2) Room F – Sport Psychology – Coach; (3) Room G – Exercise Psychology – Disabilities; (4) Salon A SYMPOSIUM – The Development of Sport Expertise: Current Issues and Different Perspectives

    Free Communications & Symposia

    (1) Room E – Motor Control – Skill Acquisition & Performance; (2) Room F – Sport Psychology – Doping & Risky Behaviours; (3) Room G – Exercise Psychology – Adolescents & Young Adults; (4) Salon A SYMPOSIUM – “[My Life] Would Not Have Been the Same Without Them”: The Role of Peer  Mentorship Among Adults with a Physical Disability
    17:30 - 18:30



    Cocktails (Salon A)


    Dinner and Dance (Salon A)

    The maximum size of posters is 4 ft x 4 ft. Posters will be mounted with velcro - the boards will not accommodate pins. Talks are 15 minutes maximum including questions.

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