The influence of anxiety on action-specific perception

R. Canal Bruland, J.R. Pijpers, R.R.D. Oudejans

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    Recent empirical research suggests that performance modulates perception. For example, baseball players judge the ball to be bigger when performing well as compared to when performing less successfully. Yet, the underlying processes that mediate the emergence of action-specific effects on perception are still largely unknown. To this end, we aimed to examine the impact of anxiety on the action-specific influence on perception as anxiety has been shown to affect both performance and perception. Thirty participants threw darts at a circle-shaped target and were then asked to judge the size of the target. The task was performed under conditions of low and high anxiety. Results replicated previously reported action-specific effects on perception under levels of low anxiety. However, these effects vanished in the high anxiety condition. Results seem to suggest that anxiety has a direct influence on the relation between performance and perception. Attentional control theory is discussed to explain the current findings. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)353-361
    JournalAnxiety, Stress & Coping
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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