Nicholas Fears

Nicholas Fears
Louisiana State University | LSU · School of Kinesiology

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

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18 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
University of Michigan
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2019 - January 2021
University of North Texas HSC at Fort Worth
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2018 - May 2018
Tulane University
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • Introductory Psychology
Education
May 2016 - May 2019
Tulane University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2013 - May 2016
Tulane University
Field of study
  • Psychology
August 2009 - May 2013
Indiana University Bloomington
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (19)
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Background Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) show indications for mental health problems. However, these problems are poorly understood. Aims To identify patterns (profiles) of mental health in this population and to analyze the associations between profiles and child characteristics. Methods and procedures Parents of 119 ch...
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Background Autistic children and adults have known differences in motor performance, including postural instability and atypical gross motor control. Few studies have specifically tested dynamic postural control. This is the first study to quantify movement smoothness and its relationship to task performance during lateral dynamic postural control...
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Autistic children have differences in their movements which impact their functional performance. Virtual-reality enables researchers to study movement in safe, engaging environments. We used motion-capture to measure how 7–13-year-old autistic and neurotypical children make whole-body movements in a virtual-reality task. Although children in both g...
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It is well‐documented that intelligence quotient (IQ) is a poor predictor of adaptive behavior scores in autism, with autistic children having lower adaptive behavior scores than would be predicted based on their IQ scores. Differences in motor skills may explain the variability in their adaptive behavior scores. The current study examined how moto...
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There is a well-documented difference between IQ and adaptive behavior scores in autism, with autistic children having lower adaptive behavior scores than would be predicted based on their IQ scores. Differences in motor skills may explain the variability in their adaptive behavior scores. The current study examined how motor skills might explain a...
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Motor differences are common in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but rarely evaluated against diagnostic criteria for Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). We aimed to determine whether motor problems in ASD represent the possible co-occurrence of DCD. We retrospectively reviewed standardized assessments and parent-reports to evaluate motor abi...
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Mobile eye-tracking and motion-capture techniques yield rich, precisely quantifiable data that can inform our understanding of the relationship between visual and motor processes during task performance. However, these systems are rarely used in combination, in part because of the significant time and human resources required for post-processing an...
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Letter knowledge is a critical preliteracy skill that is essential for school readiness. Interventions designed to develop children's letter knowledge have been based on caregivers’ and teachers’ picture book reading. Despite the importance of picture books for developing children's letter knowledge, there are no published norms of letter frequenci...
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Children’s ability to write letters automatically has been linked to academic achievement. Despite the importance of handwriting, handwriting instruction is often neglected and teachers use inconsistent practices to teach handwriting. Specifically, the frequency that children are presented opportunities to write individual block letters in handwrit...
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Even with the increasing use of technology in the classroom, handwriting remains a developmental foundation of education. When children fail to learn to write efficiently, they encounter cascading difficulties in using writing to communicate and learn content. Traditionally, the development of handwriting has been studied via neuropsychological tes...
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Background: Visual-motor integration is an integral component of many adaptive behaviors and has been linked to school readiness. In young school-age children, visual-motor integration is typically assessed with the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration (Beery VMI), a standardized instrument that measures children's abilit...
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Fitting objects into apertures is an adaptive skill that is incorporated into the design of many tools. We match or align shapes with openings when we insert keys into locks, when we put lids atop containers, or when we align a screwdriver with the groove of a screw. Traditionally, the development of object fitting has focused on children's abiliti...
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Most definitions of ecology emphasize the relationship between the organism and its environment. There is considerable variation in how scientists conceptualize the organism–environment relationship, however. For instance, microbiologists may focus on the small-scale biochemical reactions that characterize the immediate ecology of a bacterium, wher...
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Even with recent technological advances, handwriting remains the developmental foundation from which communication via written language unfolds. Despite the importance of handwriting to academic success, previous research with beginning school-age children has only indirectly measured the processes of handwriting using post hoc assessments of legib...
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Spatial ability is manifest across different psychological domains, including perception, action, and cognition. The development of spatial understanding originates in the perception-action skills of infants. When infants act on the world, either during object manipulation or locomotion, one may begin to glean the foundations of older children's an...

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A growing body of research suggests that fine motor skills are related to mathematics achievement across elementary school (Dinehart & Manfra, 2013; Gissmer, et al., 2010; Duran, et al., 2018; Cameron, et al., 2016). One fine motor skill that all children must master is handwriting. The use of a writing implement within the association between fine motor skills and mathematics achievement, however, is not well understood. In the proposed project we explore the visual manual strategies that children engage when reading and writing numbers.