Perceiving and moving in sports and other high-pressure contexts

R.R.D. Oudejans, A. Nieuwenhuys

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    From an ecological psychological perspective, the current chapter discusses the influence of anxiety on the perception, selection, and realization of affordances in sports and other high-pressure contexts, particularly police work. Drawing on recent developments in the anxiety-performance literature (i.e., the attentional control theory) the authors' experimental work on the impact of anxiety on perceptual-motor performance is described. Furthermore, several experiments showing positive effects of training with anxiety on performance under pressure are discussed. We argue that through reality-based training with anxiety, processes that underlie performance might be recalibrated to the new task constraints, thereby preventing a degradation of eventual performance in stressful situations. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-48
    JournalProgress in Brain Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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