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Timing a fake punch: Inhibitory effects in a boxing-specific spatial attention task
posted on 2023-08-11, 10:12 authored by Daniel Pfister, Robin JacksonRobin Jackson, Iris Güldenpenning, A. Mark WilliamsThe ability to respond quickly and accurately to spatial cues is of great importance to performance on any task where quick decision-making is required. The two main effects of spatial attention are priming, when a response to a target is facilitated after being cued at the same location, and inhibition of return (IOR), when the response to the target is slower to the cued area. Whether priming or IOR occurs is largely dependent on the length of the interval between the cue and the target. To determine whether these effects are relevant to dueling sports with deceptive actions we created a boxing-specific task that mimicked combinations of feints and punches. Altogether, we recruited 20 boxers and 20 non-boxers and found significantly longer reaction times to a punch thrown on the same side as a fake punch after a 600 ms interval, consistent with the IOR effect. We also found a moderate positive correlation between years of training and the magnitude of the IOR effect. This latter finding indicates that even athletes trained to avoid deception can be as susceptible as novices if the timing of the feint is right. Finally, our approach highlights the benefits of studying IOR using more sport specific settings, broadening the scope of the field.
Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Human Movement ScienceVolume
AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Human Movement Science and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2023.103092Acceptance date