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Attentional focus, dispositional reinvestment and skilled motor performance under pressure

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posted on 20.07.2016 by Robin Jackson, Kelly J. Ashford, Glen Norsworthy
Attentional processes governing skilled motor behavior were examined in two studies. In Experiment 1, fi eld hockey players performed a dribbling task under single-task, dual-task, and skill-focused conditions under both low and high pressure situations. In Experiment 2, skilled soccer players performed a dribbling task under single-task, skill-focused, and process-goal conditions, again under low and high pressure situations. Results replicated recent fi ndings regarding the detrimental effect of skill-focused attention and the facilitative effect of dual-task conditions on skilled performance. In addition, focusing on movement related process goals was found to adversely affect performance. Support for the predictive validity of the Reinvestment Scale was also found, with high reinvesters displaying greater susceptibility to skill failure under pressure. Results were consistent with explicit monitoring theories of choking and are further discussed in light of the conceptual distinction between explicit monitoring and reinvestment of conscious control.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Volume

28

Pages

49 - 68

Citation

JACKSON, R., ASHFORD, K. and NORSWORTHY, G., 2006. Attentional focus, dispositional reinvestment and skilled motor performance under pressure. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28 (1), pp.49-68.

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© Human Kinetics

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Publication date

2006

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ISSN

0895-2779

eISSN

1543-2904

Language

en

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