"Hero Imagery" - Are there performance advantages associated with imagining yourself as your favourite athlete?
Uphill, M., Balsdon, A., Brown, M., Digby-Bowl, C., Southam, M. and Swain, J. 2015. "Hero Imagery" - Are there performance advantages associated with imagining yourself as your favourite athlete?
|Authors||Uphill, M., Balsdon, A., Brown, M., Digby-Bowl, C., Southam, M. and Swain, J.|
Objectives: This study examined whether there are performance advantages associated with a single bout of imagery when imagining yourself ‘as your favourite athlete’, or imagining yourself performing a strength-based task.
Design: A blind 2 (Imagery ability: high, low) x 3 (imagery condition: self, “hero”, control) mixed factorial design was used.
Methods: Participants (n = 17 male; Mage = 19.7 ± 2.7) completed the Sport Imagery Ability Questionnaire then viewed a standardised video demonstrating the grip strength (GS) task. Three baseline trials separated by one minute were then executed. Three imagery scripts (control, self, hero) were then presented to participants via an MP3 player in a counterbalanced order (an interval of 1-minute was provided between each condition). The conclusion of each imagery script prompted participants to perform the GS task. Performance in each condition was conceptualised as delta change scores (Imagery condition – baseline average).
Conclusion: Imagery ability may influence the effectiveness of a brief imagery intervention. Further examination of processes and outcomes associated with “hero-imagery” is recommended.
|Conference||British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference|
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|Deposited||10 Feb 2016|
|Completed||14 Dec 2015|
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