Athletes’ self-reports on mind wandering while practicing sports: an exploratory two-study project

Latinjak, Alexander (2018) Athletes’ self-reports on mind wandering while practicing sports: an exploratory two-study project. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 12 (3). pp. 432-447. ISSN 1932-927X

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Abstract

This two-study project provided a brief description of athletes’ experiences with mind wandering. Study 1 aimed to quantitatively examine mind wandering in sports, in terms of frequency, effects and perceived control. Therefore, 94 athletes (Mage = 19.51, SD = 1.65) answered a specifically designed 19-item questionnaire. The results suggested that mind wandering is a common phenomenon in sports, with both beneficial and adverse effects on performance. Study 2 aimed to qualitatively explore when athletes use mind wandering. Accordingly, 115 athletes (Mage = 22.82, SD = 3.61) described one recent mind wandering situation while practicing sport. A hierarchical content analysis was performed by the first author and confirmed by an external expert. The results indicated that mind wandering occurred in a wide range of situations in sport and physical activity. Nonetheless, it was also argued that future studies should more carefully define mind wandering to avoid confusion with related terms

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: attention, cognition, daydreaming, self-talk, thoughts
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2018 09:06
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/710

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