Time course of attention and decision making during a volleyball setting task

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jennifer L. Etnier, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Attention is a term that has been used to describe a broad range of topics in the sport and exercise literature (Nougier, Stein, & Bonnel, 1991). Research focusing on attention has included studies on selectivity, concentration, mental set, visual search, arousal, and information processing (Abernethy, 2001), and a variety of techniques (e.g., occlusion methods, eye-tracking tasks, dual-task paradigms) have been used to examine the attention-related behaviors of participants during sport task performance. Many studies in sport have used occlusion and eye-tracking techniques to assess the orientation of visual attention during ball-tracking tasks (Land & McLeod, 2000; Ripoll & Fleurance, 1988; Singer et al., 1998; Whiting, 1968, 1970; Whiting, Alderson, & Sanderson, 1973; Whiting & Sharp, 1974). The findings of this research has shown that performers do not need to track the entire ball flight but rather that skilled sport participants track the initial flight of the ball, and then their eyes "shoot ahead" to the final portion of flight.

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Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 75, 102-106
Language: English
Date: 2004
dual-task paradigm, sports performance

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