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Chris Button

Chris-button-flumeAssociate Professor
BSc(Hons) PhD(MMU)
Tel 64 03 479 9122
Room 1.25, 55 Union St West
Email chris.button@otago.ac.nz

Background

Chris Button gained his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, before working at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Chris moved to NZ in 2003. Previous roles have included the Director of the Human Performance Centre and the Co-Director of Lifestyles in NZ research group. As well as carrying out teaching and research, Chris has provided consultancy with several sports providing advice on Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition to the likes of Snowsports NZ, Netball NZ, NZ Football, and Motorsport NZ.

Chris is an Executive Committee member of the Australasian Skill Acquisition Research Group. Chris is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Sport Science and an Editorial advisor for Frontiers in Psychology. Chris is the academic leader for the Sports Technology major in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences programme

Chris lives on the Otago Peninsular, with his wife Angela and daughter Melanie.

Teaching

Research

Dr Button's research interests include movement coordination and variability, skill learning, coaching, water safety and survival skills. He has been the recipient of several research grants from organisations such as SportNZ, ACC, and Water Safety New Zealand. Chris has published in several international peer-reviewed journals, and a common theme of this work is the application of movement science to sport within an Ecological framework. Summaries of much of his work linking theory to practice can be found in the textbooks, 'Dynamics of Skill Acquisition' (2007: Human Kinetics), 'Complex Systems in Sport’ (2013: Routledge, Taylor & Francis), and ‘Nonlinear Pedagogy in Skill Acquisition’ (2016: Routledge, Taylor & Francis)

Potential postgraduate students must be interested in applying an ecological dynamics framework to physical activity and/or sport. Please consult the University of Otago scholarships webpage to check eligibility for international and domestic student scholarships.

Postgraduate Students

Current Students

  • Jennifer Hewit: Monitoring and developing decision-making behaviors of Netball players (Enrolled for PhD in Sept 2007, completed July 2011) Prof John Cronin, Prof. Patria Hume, and Dr Chris Button.
  • Dave O'Donovan: Skill acquisition of paralympic boccia athletes. (Enrolled for MPhEd Mar 2009, completed Oct 2011) Dr Chris Button.
  • Michael Jacobs: Treasure chest: Is the centre of mass the fastest way forward? (Enrolled for MPhEd Feb 2011, completed May 2013) Dr Chris Button, Dr Angus Ross.

Graduates

  • Luiz Uehara: Examination of the environmental constraints influencing development of Brazilian football players. Dr Chris Button, Dr Mark Falcous.
  • Neil Anderson: The role of gymnastics in promoting fundamental movements skills and motor skill transfer. Dr Chris Button, Dr Peter Lamb.
  • Rens Meerhoff. Intersocial coordination in sports. Dr Chris Button, Dr Harjo de Poel.

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Publications

Blair, M. R., Elsworthy, N., Rehrer, N. J., Button, C., & Gill, N. D. (2018). Physical and physiological demands of elite rugby union officials. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0849

Button, C., Orth, D., Davids, K., & Seifert, L. (2018). The influence of hold regularity on perceptual-motor behaviour in indoor climbing. European Journal of Sport Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1472812

Blair, M., Cronin, J. B., Rehrer, N. J., Button, C., & Gill, N. D. (2018). Contextual review of physical requirements of refereeing Rugby Union at an elite level. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 40(2), 17-30. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000352

Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Seifert, L., Armbrust, G., & Croft, J. L. (2017). Does water temperature influence the performance of key survival skills? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sms.12997

Anderson, N., & Button, C. (2017). Development of static postural control: An overview and summary of entropy analysis. Journal of Motor Learning & Development, 5(1), 126-147. doi: 10.1123/jmld.2016-0011

Authored Book - Research

Davids, K., Button, C., & Bennett, S. (2008). Dynamics of skill acquisition: A constraints-led approach. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 251p.

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Edited Book - Research

Davids, K., Hristovski, R., Araújo, D., Balagué Serre, N., Button, C., & Passos, P. (Eds.). (2014). Complex systems in sport. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 338p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Button, C., Wheat, J., & Lamb, P. (2014). Why coordination dynamics is relevant for studying sport performance. In K. Davids, R. Hristovski, D. Araújo, N. Balagué Serre, C. Button & P. Passos (Eds.), Complex systems in sport. (pp. 44-61). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Schöllhorn, W., Chow, J. Y., Glazier, P., & Button, C. (2014). Self-organizing maps and cluster analysis in elite and sub-elite athletic performance. In K. Davids, R. Hristovski, D. Araújo, N. Balagué Serre, C. Button & P. Passos (Eds.), Complex systems in sport. (pp. 145-159). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Button, C., Seifert, L., O'Donovan, D., & Davids, K. (2014). Variability in neurobiological systems and training. In K. Davids, R. Hristovski, D. Araújo, N. Balagué Serre, C. Button & P. Passos (Eds.), Complex systems in sport. (pp. 277-292). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Button, C., Chow, J.-Y., & Rein, R. (2008). Exploring the perceptual-motor workspace: New approaches to skill acquisition and training. In Y. Hong & R. Bartlett (Eds.), Handbook of biomechanics and human movement science. (pp. 538-553). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Davids, K., Araújo, D., Button, C., & Renshaw, I. (2007). Degenerate brains, indeterminate behavior, and representative tasks: Implications for experimental design in sport psychology research. In G. Tenenbaum & R. C. Eklund (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology. (3rd ed.) (pp. 224-244). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Button, C., Davids, K., & Schöllhorn, W. (2006). Coordination profiling of movement systems. In K. Davids, S. Bennett & K. Newell (Eds.), Movement system variability. (pp. 133-152). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Button, C., Smith, J., & Pepping, G.-J. (2005). The influential role of task constraints in acquiring football skills. In T. Reilly, J. Cabri & D. Araújo (Eds.), Science and football V: The proceedings of the 5th World Congress on Science and Football. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Button, C., & Davids, K. (2004). Acoustic information in timing. In H. Hecht & G. P. J. Savelsbergh (Eds.), Time-to-contact. Advances in Psychology Series. (pp. 355-370). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Araújo, D., Davids, K., Bennett, S. J., Button, C., & Chapman, G. (2004). Emergence of sport skills under constraints. In M. A. Williams, N. J. Hodges, M. Scott & M. Court (Eds.), Skill acquisition in sport. (pp. 409-433). London: Routledge.

Button, C., & Summers, J. (2001). Co-ordination dynamics of interceptive actions. In K. Davids, G. Savelsbergh, S. Bennett & J. Van der Kamp (Eds.), Interception actions in sport: Information and movement. (pp. 225-241). London: Taylor & Francis.

Davids, K., Williams, A. M., Button, C., & Court, M. L. J. (2001). Integrative modeling of brain and behavior: Implications for movement coordination and skill. In B. SInger, H. Hausenblas & C. Jannelle (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology. (2nd ed.) (pp. 144-173). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Button, C. (2001). The effect of removing auditory information of ball projection on the co-ordination of one-handed ball-catching. In K. Davids, G. Savelsbergh, S. Bennett & J. Van der Kamp (Eds.), Interception actions in sport: Information and movement. (pp. 184-194). London: Taylor & Francis.

Davids, K., Williams, A. M., Button, C., & Court, M. (2001). An integrative modeling approach to the study of intentional movement behavior. In R. N. Singer, H. Hausenblas & C. Jannelle (Eds.), Handbook of sport psychology. (2nd ed.) (pp. 144-173). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Button, C., & Davids, K. (1999). Interacting intrinsic dynamics and intentionality requires coordination profiling of movement systems. In J. Thomson, D. N. Lee & M. Grealy (Eds.), Studies in Perception and Action, Vol. 10. (pp. 314-318). Mahwah, USA: Erlbaum Associates.

Davids, K., Bennett, S., Court, M., Tayler, M. A., & Button, C. (1997). The cognition-dynamics interface. In R. Lidor & M. Bar-Eli (Eds.), Innovations in sport psychology: Linking theory and practice. (pp. 224-226). Israel: ISSP.

Button, C., Bennett, S. J., & Davids, K. (1997). Comparing discrete and cyclical movement coordination of prehension. In M. A. Schmuckler & J. M. Kennedy (Eds.), Studies in perceptions and action IV. (pp. 285-288). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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Journal - Research Article

Blair, M. R., Elsworthy, N., Rehrer, N. J., Button, C., & Gill, N. D. (2018). Physical and physiological demands of elite rugby union officials. International Journal of Sports Physiology & Performance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2017-0849

Button, C., Orth, D., Davids, K., & Seifert, L. (2018). The influence of hold regularity on perceptual-motor behaviour in indoor climbing. European Journal of Sport Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1472812

Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Seifert, L., Armbrust, G., & Croft, J. L. (2017). Does water temperature influence the performance of key survival skills? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sms.12997

Anderson, N., & Button, C. (2017). Development of static postural control: An overview and summary of entropy analysis. Journal of Motor Learning & Development, 5(1), 126-147. doi: 10.1123/jmld.2016-0011

Lee, M. C. Y., Chow, J. Y., Button, C., & Tan, C. W. K. (2017). Nonlinear Pedagogy and its role in encouraging twenty-first century competencies through physical education: A Singapore experience. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 37(4), 483-499. doi: 10.1080/02188791.2017.1386089

Croft, J. L., Pepping, G. J., Button, C., & Chow, J. Y. (2017). Children's perception of action boundaries and how it affects their climbing behavior. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 166, 134-146. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.07.012

Meerhoff, L. A., De Poel, H. J., Jowett, T. W. D., & Button, C. (2017). Influence of gait mode and body orientation on following a walking avatar. Human Movement Science, 54, 377-387. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2017.06.005

Passos, P., Milho, J., & Button, C. (2017). Quantifying synergies in two-versus-one situations in team sports: An example from Rugby Union. Behavior Research Methods. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3758/s13428-017-0889-3

Renshaw, I., Araújo, D., Button, C., Chow, J. Y., Davids, K., & Moy, B. (2016). Why the constraints-led approach is not teaching games for understanding: A clarification. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 21(5), 459-480. doi: 10.1080/17408989.2015.1095870

Uehara, L., Button, C., Falcous, M., & Davids, K. (2016). Contextualised skill acquisition research: A new framework to study the development of sport expertise. Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy, 21(2), 153-168. doi: 10.1080/17408989.2014.924495

Button, C., Schofield, M., & Croft, J. (2016). Distance perception in an open water environment: Analysis of individual differences. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(3), 915-922. doi: 10.3758/s13414-015-1049-4

Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Croft, J. L., & Seifert, L. (2015). A new qualitative typology to classify treading water movement patterns. Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, 14(3), 530-535.

Croft, J. L., & Button, C. (2015). Interacting factors associated with adult male drowning in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0130545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130545

Button, C., Croft, J. L., Cotter, J. D., Graham, M. J., & Lucas, S. J. E. (2015). Integrative physiological and behavioral responses to sudden cold-water immersion are similar in skilled and less-skilled swimmers. Physiology & Behavior, 138, 254-259. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.10.024

Chow, J. Y., Koh, M., Davids, K., Button, C., & Rein, R. (2014). Effects of different instructional constraints on task performance and emergence of coordination in children. European Journal of Sport Science, 14(3), 224-232. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2013.780097

Meerhoff, L. A., De Poel, H. J., & Button, C. (2014). How visual information influences coordination dynamics when following the leader. Neuroscience Letters, 582, 12-15. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.08.022

Lee, M. C. Y., Chow, J. Y., Komar, J., Tan, C. W. K., & Button, C. (2014). Nonlinear Pedagogy: An effective approach to cater for individual differences in learning a sports skill. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104744. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104744

Giblin, S., Collins, D., & Button, C. (2014). Physical literacy: Importance, assessment and future directions. Sports Medicine, 44(9), 1177-1184. doi: 10.1007/s40279-014-0205-7

Chow, J. Y., Tan, C. W. K., Lee, M. C. Y., & Button, C. (2014). Possibilities and implications of using a motion-tracking system in physical education. European Physical Education Review, 20(4), 444-464. doi: 10.1177/1356336x14535057

Schnitzler, C., Button, C., Seifert, L., & Croft, J. (2014). Analysing expertise through data mining: An example based on treading water. Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(12), 1186-1195. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2013.876085

Seifert, L., Button, C., & Davids, K. (2013). Key properties of expert movement systems in sport: An ecological dynamics perspective. Sports Medicine, 43(3), 167-178. doi: 10.1007/s40279-012-0011-z

Croft, J. L., Button, C., Hodge, K., Lucas, S. J. E., Barwood, M. J., & Cotter, J. D. (2013). Responses to sudden cold-water immersion in inexperienced swimmers following training. Aviation, Space, & Environmental Medicine, 84(8), 850-855. doi: 10.3357/ASEM.3522.2013

Vilar, L., Araújo, D., Davids, K., & Button, C. (2012). The role of ecological dynamics in analysing performance in team sports. Sports Medicine, 42(1), 1-10. doi: 10.2165/11596520-000000000-00000

Bartlett, R., Button, C., Robins, M., Dutt-Mazumder, A., & Kennedy, G. (2012). Analysing team coordination patterns from player movement trajectories in soccer: Methodological considerations. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12(2), 398-424.

Schnitzler, C., Brazier, T., Button, C., Seifert, L., & Chollet, D. (2011). Effect of velocity and added resistance on selected coordination and force parameters in front crawl. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 25(10), 2681-2690. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318207ef5e

Button, C., Dicks, M., Haines, R., Barker, R., & Davids, K. (2011). Statistical modelling of gaze behaviour as categorical time series: What you should watch to save soccer penalties. Cognitive Processing, 12, 235-244. doi: 10.1007/s10339-010-0384-6

Seifert, L., Leblanc, H., Herault, R., Komar, J., Button, C., & Chollet, D. (2011). Inter-individual variability in the upper-lower limb breaststroke coordination. Human Movement Science, 30(3), 550-565. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2010.12.003

Dutt-Mazumder, A., Button, C., Robins, A., & Bartlett, R. (2011). Neural network modelling and dynamical system theory: Are they relevant to study the governing dynamics of association football players? Sports Medicine, 41(12), 1003-1017. doi: 10.2165/11593950-000000000-00000

Hewitt, J., Cronin, J., Button, C., & Hume, P. (2011). Understanding deceleration in sport. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 33(1), 47-52. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181fbd62c

Hewit, J., Cronin, J., Button, C., & Hume, P. (2010). Understanding change of direction performance via the 90 degrees turn and sprint test. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 32(6), 82-88. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181f9d8d6

Button, C., Moyle, S., & Davids, K. (2010). Comparison of below-knee amputee gait performed overground and on a motorized treadmill. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27(2), 96-112.

Rein, R., Davids, K., & Button, C. (2010). Adaptive and phase transition behavior in performance of discrete multi-articular actions by degenerate neurobiological systems. Experimental Brain Research, 201(2), 307-322. doi: 10.1007/s00221-009-2040-x

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