From the lab to the field: effects of self-talk on task performance under distracting conditions

Galanis, Evangelos, Hatzigeorgiadis, Antonis, Comoutos, Nikos, Charachousi, Fedra and Sanchez, Xavier (2017) From the lab to the field: effects of self-talk on task performance under distracting conditions. Sport Psychologist .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2017-0017

Abstract

This study explored the effectiveness of self-talk strategies on task performance under conditions of external distraction in laboratory and field experiments. In the laboratory experiment, 28 sport science students (mean age 21.48 ± 1.58 years) were tested on a computer game requiring attention and fine execution following a baseline assessment and a short self-talk training. In in the field experiment, 28 female basketball players (mean age 20.96 ± 4.51years) were tested on free-throwing, following a baseline assessment and a six-week intervention. In both settings the final assessment took place under conditions of external distraction (non-continuous, sudden, loud noise). Analyses of covariance showed that participants of the self-talk group performed better than participants of the control group. Findings suggest that self-talk can counter the effects of distraction on performance, and indicate that the attentional effects of self-talk is a viable mechanism to explain the facilitating effects of self-talk on performance.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sport Psychologist
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISSN: 1543-2793
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Sports and Physical Activity > Sport
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
SWORD Depositor: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 11:16
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 11:16
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3082

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