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Perceptual-motor Learning In Voice Training
with Dr. Kittie Verdolini Abbott
Thursday 28th July 2022 at 5-7pm (BST)

This course will provide an introduction to fundamental theoretical and empirical issues in perceptual-motor learning with specific applications to voice training.

The review covers the past 50 years of essential work in the motor learning domain, much of it garnered in sports psychology, and  now emerging as a critical framework for the way we approach voice training and therapy.

A fundamental distinction that will be used to organize this body of literature has to do with a distinction between declarative and procedural learning and the cognitive mechanisms involved in each.

New research will be presented from my lab that challenges one of the assumptions in the existing body, and that has to do with the conclusion that an external, outcomes-oriented focus of attention facilitates learning in the motor domain over an internal, biomechanical focus.

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Katherine Verdolini Abbott, PhD, CCC-SLP, Mdiv, is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware.

She earned her clinical master’s degree from Indiana University followed by a PhD in Experimental Psychology/Cognitive Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

She has a history as vocalist in classical, musical theatre, and folk-rock genres with extensive performance based in Bologna, Italy in the 1970s.

Her research has spanned several decades, funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA) since 1997.

Research topics have ranged from effects of hydration on voice to exercise physiology, psychology, perceptual-motor learning, wound healing, and clinical trials in voice.

She is currently President of the Pan American Vocology Association and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she received the highest Honors in 2009 in recognition of her work in speech-language pathology.

Thursday 28th July 2022 at 5-7pm BST

This course is free for Voice Study Centre's MA/PGCert students and £30 (VAT inclusive) otherwise.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please use the payment form in the 'Book Your Place' tab or email

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