Does priming really put the gloss on performance?

Winter, Stacy and Collins, Dave (2013) Does priming really put the gloss on performance? Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35 (3). pp. 299-307. ISSN 0895-2779

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Abstract

Priming has recently emerged in the literature as offering advantages in the preparation for skilled performance. Accordingly, the current study tested the efficacy of imagery against a priming paradigm as a means of enhancing motor performance: in essence, contrasting a preparation technique primarily under the conscious control of the performer to an unconscious technique promoting automaticity. The imagery intervention was guided by the PETTLEP model, while the priming intervention took the form of a scrambled sentence task. Eighteen skilled field-hockey players performed a dribbling task under imagery, priming, skill-focus, and control conditions. Results revealed a significant improvement in speed and technical accuracy for the imagery condition as opposed to the skill-focus, control, and priming conditions. In addition, there were no significant differences in performance times or technical accuracy between the priming and control conditions. The study provides further support for the efficacy of imagery to elicit enhanced motor skill performance but questions the emerging emphasis on priming as an effective tool in preparation for physical tasks. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motor skills; Motor ability; Priming (Psychology) Task analysis; Association of ideas; Work design; Job analysis; PETTLEP
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 13:54
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 13:54
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/593

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