Emotions in sport: Perceived effects on attention, concentration, and performance

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Moffitt, Robyn ORCID: 0000-0003-1933-4046, Young, Robyn and Thomas, Patrick R (2010) Emotions in sport: Perceived effects on attention, concentration, and performance. Australian Psychologist, 45 (2). pp. 132-140. ISSN 0005-0067


This study explored attentional patterns associated with positive and negative emotions during sport competition, and athletes' perceptions of the consequences of these attentional changes for concentration and performance. Sixty-nine athletes completed the Sport Emotion Questionnaire following a national softball competition. They also retrospectively reported their perceptions of how emotions influenced their attention, concentration, and sport performance. Excitement and happiness were more closely associated with concentration than anxiety, dejection, and anger. Although excitement demanded more attention than the negative emotions, the positive emotions were perceived as more likely to lead to a performance-relevant focus and automatic physical movements, both of which were beneficial for concentration and performance. Emotional intensity increased these effects. © The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/39308
DOI 10.1080/00050060903261538
Official URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords sport psychology; sport performance; athlete perception; negative emotion; positive emotion; Clinical Psychology (science-metrix)
Citations in Scopus 77 - View on Scopus
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