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

Moffitt, R, Young, R and Thomas, P 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, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 227-237.


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Title Emotion and automaticity: Impact of positive and negative emotions on novice and experienced performance of a sensorimotor skill
Author(s) Moffitt, R
Young, R
Thomas, P
Year 2011
Journal name International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 227
End page 237
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
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.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Keyword(s) attention
automaticity
emotion
sensorimotor skill performance
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1612197X.2011.614848
Copyright notice © 2011 Copyright International Society of Sport Psychology.
ISSN 1612-197X
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