Does decision making transfer across similar and dissimilar sports?

Roca, André and Williams, A. Mark (2017) Does decision making transfer across similar and dissimilar sports? Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 31. pp. 40-43. ISSN 1469-0292

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Objectives: The ability to make decisions under time pressure is crucial to performance in sport. However, there remains a paucity of research that examines whether the skills underpinning decision-making transfer across similar or dissimilar sports. We examine whether decision making transfers from soccer to other sports that may be deemed to be either similar (basketball) or dissimilar (tennis) based on sports taxonomy. Methods: Skilled soccer players (N = 20) completed a video-based temporal occlusion test designed to measure decision-making involving offensive sequences of play from soccer, basketball, and tennis. Participants were required to decide on an appropriate action to execute for each situation presented. Results: Response accuracy was higher in the soccer decision-making task compared to the basketball and tennis tasks. Furthermore, accuracy scores were higher on the basketball compared to the tennis task. Conclusions: There appears to be some positive transfer of decision-making between sports that share similar elements, supporting the importance both of specificity and generality in expert performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Expertise; Perceptual-cognitive skills; Similarity; Specificity; Skill acquisition
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: André Roca
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 08:19
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 15:05


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