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From the lab to the field: Effects of self-talk on task performance under distracting conditions
University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.
University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.
University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.
University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.
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2018 (English)In: The Sport psychologist, ISSN 0888-4781, E-ISSN 1543-2793, Vol. 32, p. 26-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 (Mage 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 the field experiment, 28 female basketball players (Mage 20.96±4.51 years) 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 (noncontinuous, 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. © 2018 Human Kinetics, Inc.

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Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2018. Vol. 32, p. 26-32
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attention, auditory distraction, concentration, self-talk mechanisms
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38465DOI: 10.1123/tsp.2017-0017ISI: 000429376400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85042639184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38465DiVA, id: diva2:1267466
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved

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