Takehiro Iwatsuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Office Location: Adler Athletic Complex, 205

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Takehiro Iwatsuki, an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology with a specialization in Motor Learning and Control, joined the Department of Kinesiology in a tenure-track role at Penn State Altoona during fall 2018. He teaches Neurobiology of Motor Control and Development, and Biophysical Foundation of Kinesiology. Dr. Iwatsuki earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Nihon University – Japan, his second master’s from Springfield College, where he also served as the Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, and his doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His previous teaching experience includes all 3 of the above institutions and Mount Holyoke College.

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Research Interests

  • Motivational aspects (e.g., autonomy support, performance expectations) of motor learning and performance
  • Motor skill performance under pressure situations
  • Influence of practice conditions and self-talk on motor learning and performance

Dr. Iwatsuki’s current research focuses on how motivational variables influence motor learning and performance. His dissertation that comprise of 3 experiments entitled, “Movement Efficiency Through Autonomy Support” examined the effect of autonomy support on motor performance by including biomechanical (e.g., EMG), physiological (e.g., oxygen consumption), and psychological assessments. In the summer of 2016, he worked as a researcher at Palacký University in Czech Republic through a grant received by the European Union. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Sports Sciences, Human Movement Science, and Journal of Motor Behavior.