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Emotion and automaticity: Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill

Moffitt, Robyn ORCID: 0000-0003-1933-4046, Young, Robyn and Thomas, Patrick R (2011) Emotion and automaticity: Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9 (3). pp. 227-237. ISSN 1612-197X

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Abstract

Attention was directed towards negative, neutral, and positive word stimuli to explore the effect of emotions on sensorimotor skill performance. Forty novice and 40 experienced basketballers simultaneously completed a free-throw shooting task and a secondary word semantics task. A manipulation check confirmed that the secondary task influenced participants' feelings. Both groups responded faster to neutral and positive words than negative words. Shooting performance of novices did not differ between experimental conditions, but experienced basketballers were more accurate when processing positive stimuli. It was concluded that directing attention towards positive emotion may have benefited sports performance by diverting attention away from execution of the primary task, promoting automatic skill execution by experienced basketballers. © 2011 Copyright International Society of Sport Psychology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotion, attention, sensorimotor skill performance
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Health and Biomedicine
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 02:48
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 02:48
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/39309
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2011.614848
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