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

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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

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/39309
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2011.614848
Official URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/16121...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Current > Division/Research > College of Health and Biomedicine
Keywords emotion, attention, sensorimotor skill performance
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