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Mariane Bacelar PhD

Mariane Bacelar joined the faculty at Boise State University in 2022. She earned a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Exercise Science both from Auburn University, and a B.S. in Physical Education from the Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil. Her current research is focused on investigating how practice conditions that enhance motivation affect motor skill learning and the mechanisms underlying short- and long-term behavior adaptation under a reinforcement learning framework. Parallel to her experimental research, Dr. Bacelar is also engaged in a number of metascience projects focused on understanding the current state of motor behavior research. Her goal is to identify areas of improvement and propose strategies to increase scientific rigor and reproducibility across disciplines. To address her research aims, Dr. Bacelar implements psychophysiological (e.g., electroencephalography; EEG), behavioral, and meta-analytical techniques.

When not in the office or lab, you can find her hiking, playing sports, watching TV shows, or learning a new song on her guitar.