Karl M. Newell

 Karl Newell

Professor of Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health; Marie Underhill Noll Chair

Contact Information

268J Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802

(fax) 814-865-1275



Ph.D., 1973, Physical Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

Coordination, control and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the life-span; development of coordination, acquisition of skill, information and movement dynamics, mental retardation and motor skills, drug exercise influences on movement control. 


  • Coordination, control and skill
  • Information and motor learning
  • Lifespan motor development

Selected Publications

Liu, Y-T., Mayer-Kress, G., & Newell, K. M. (2010). Bi-stability of movement coordination as a function of skill level and task difficulty. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 36, 1515-1524.

Hu, X., & Newell, K. M. (2011). Modeling constraints to redundancy in bimanual force coordination. Journal of Neurophysiology, 105, 2169-2180.

Liu, Y-T., Luo, Z-Y., Mayer-Kress, G., & Newell, K. M. (2012). Self-organized criticality and learning a new coordination task. Human Movement Science, 31, 40-54.

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest