Physical performance and self-efficacy under happy and sad moods

Kavanagh, David J. & Hausfeld, Steven (1986) Physical performance and self-efficacy under happy and sad moods. Journal of Sport Psychology, 8(2), pp. 112-123.


Two experiments involving 87 undergraduates examined whether happiness produces increased performance on a physical task and tested whether self-efficacy mediated the results. When mood inductions covered the full range from happy to sad, mood influenced physical performance; however, evidence regarding self-efficacy was equivocal. Efficacy for the performed task was unaffected by mood, although it remained a good predictor of performance. Since mood altered efficacy for a nonperformed but more familiar task, inconsistent efficacy results could reflect task differences. Findings offer prospects for the use of mood inductions in practical sporting situations.

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ID Code: 28949
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0895-2779
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1986 Human Kinetics
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 05:33
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:33

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