Focus of attention and its impact on movement behaviour

Peh, Shawn Yi-Ching, Chow, Jia Yi, & Davids, Keith (2011) Focus of attention and its impact on movement behaviour. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14(1), pp. 70-78.

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Investigations into the relative effectiveness of either focusing on movement form (internal focus) or movement effects (external focus) have tended to dominate research on instructional constraints. However, rather than adopting a comparative approach to determine which focus of attention is more effective, analysis of the relative efficacy of each specific instruction focus during motor learning could be more relevant for both researchers and practitioners. Theoretical advances in the motor learning literature from a nonlinear dynamics perspective might explain the processes that underlie the effect of different attentional focus instructions. Referencing ideas and concepts from a current motor learning model, differential effects of either internal or external focus of instructions are examined. This paper also highlights some deficiencies in extant theory and research design on focus of attention which require further investigations.

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ID Code: 40786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Focus of Attention, Motor Learning, Instructional Constraints
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2010.07.002
ISSN: 1440-2440
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Motor Control (110603)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2011 23:58
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 19:01

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