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Priming to promote fluent motor skill execution: Exploring attentional demands

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posted on 26.10.2018, 13:26 by Danielle Adams, Kelly J. Ashford, Robin JacksonRobin Jackson
The effect of priming on the speed and accuracy of skilled performance and on a probe-reaction time task designed to measure residual attentional capacity, was assessed. Twenty-four skilled soccer players completed a dribbling task under three prime conditions (fluency, skill-focus, and neutral) and a control condition. Results revealed changes in trial completion time and secondary task performance in line with successfully priming autonomous and skill-focused attention. Retention test data for task completion time and probe-reaction time indicated a linear decrease in the priming effect such that the effect was nonsignificant after 30 min. Results provide further support for the efficacy of priming and provide the first evidence of concurrent changes in attentional demands, consistent with promoting or disrupting automatic skill execution.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Volume

36

Issue

4

Pages

366 - 374

Citation

ADAMS, D., ASHFORD, K.J. and JACKSON, R.C., 2014. Priming to promote fluent motor skill execution: Exploring attentional demands. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36 (4), pp.366-374.

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© Human Kinetics, Inc.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2014, 36 (4): pp.366-374, https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.2013-0085. © Human Kinetics, Inc.

ISSN

0895-2779

eISSN

1543-2904

Language

en