In situ examination of decision-making skills and gaze behaviour of basketball players

Mariëtte J.J. van Maarseveen*, Geert J.P. Savelsbergh, Raôul R.D. Oudejans

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In this study we examined in situ decision-making skills and gaze behaviour of skilled female basketball players. Players participated as ball carriers in a specific 3 vs 3 pick-and-roll basketball play. Playing both on the right and left side of the court and facing three types of defensive play, they chose and performed one of four options: shoot, drive to the basket, pass to the screener or pass to the corner player. We concurrently measured gaze behaviour to examine the direct relationship between gaze and decision making. As one of the first studies examining decision making and gaze behaviour in situ, this study found support for the embodied choice framework as the results showed that handling the ball with the dominant or non-dominant hand influenced the decisions that were made. Gaze measures suggested that peripheral vision may serve a significant role in decision making in situ, whereas players mainly relied on central vision to execute an action. Furthermore, this study underlined the need for developing and using newer and more informative methods to analyse gaze.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Movement Science
Early online date15 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • Embodied choice
  • Representative design
  • Visual search strategy


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