William Berg

William BergProfessor

205G Phillips Hall

Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
M.Ed. - University of Mississippi
B.S. - University of Minnesota

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Berg’s research interests are in the area of human motor control, with a focus on locomotor and postural behavior, and the role of attention in human performance. His current work concentrates on understanding how the central nervous system (CNS) uses unconscious processes to prepare for and execute skilled movements.

Current Courses Taught

KNH 184 Motor Skill Learning and Performance
KNH 381 Biodynamics of Human Performance
KNH 483/583 Advanced Motor Control and Learning

Recent Publications


*Sinn, S.R., Berg, W.P., *Vachon, G.E., Hughes, M.R. (in press). The role of anticipatory and reflexive compensatory muscle activation in catching errors under load uncertainty. Experimental Brain Research. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-023-06614-9

*Shin, W-T., Berg, W.P., *Stutz, M.M., Hughes, M.R. (2022). Effect of non-contact boxing training on the frequency and timing of           anticipatory postural adjustments in healthy adults. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Activity, 62(12), 1646-1653.  DOI: 10.23736/s0022-4707.22.13495-x

*Teaford, M., Berg, W.P., Billock, V.A., McMurray, M.S., Thomas, R., Smart, L.J. (2022). Muscle activity prior to experiencing the rubber hand illusion is associated with alterations in perceived hand location. Psychological Research.  DOI: 10.1007/s00426-022-01665-z

Berg, W.P., Hughes, M.R. (2020). Information for anticipatory neuromotor control in catching under load uncertainty. Experimental Brain Research, 238, 1285-1292.

*Wood, K., Berg, W.P., Salcedo, N., Walsh, M., *Biller, K. (2020). The effects of closed kinetic chain and open kinetic chain exercise on hip musculature strength and timing in women. Gazzetta Medica Italiana, 179, 213-223.

Berg, W.P., Hughes, M.R. (2020). The effect of load uncertainty on neuromotor control in catching: Gender differences and short foreperiods. Journal of Motor Behavior, 52, 318-332.

*Wolf, R., Thurmer, H.P., Berg, W.P., Smart. L.J., *Cook, H. (2017). The effect of the Alexander Technique on muscle activation, movement kinematics and performance quality in collegiate violinists and violists: A pilot feasibility study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 32, 78-84.

Berg, W.P., Hughes, M.R. (2017). The effect of load uncertainty and foreperiod regularity on anticipatory and compensatory neuromotor control in catching. Motor Control, 21, 1-25.

In the News

Exploring the Profound Mysteries of Movement - with William Berg

In this podcast episode, we explore the mysteries of movement. Since for most of us, movement is such a mundane, everyday activity, it may seem strange to learn that we really don’t know all that much about it. But in reality, the ways in which we move actually hide an intricate complexity that is, so far, is actually pretty mind-boggling.