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The influence of anxiety on action-specific perception.
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PMID:  19946816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Rouwen Cañal-Bruland; J R Pijpers; Raoul R D Oudejans
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anxiety, stress, and coping     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1477-2205     ISO Abbreviation:  Anxiety Stress Coping     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-25     Completed Date:  2010-07-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212242     Medline TA:  Anxiety Stress Coping     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Institute MOVE, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology*
Comprehension / physiology*
Fatigue / psychology
Motor Skills
Problem Solving
Psychomotor Performance
Self Concept*
Space Perception
Stress, Psychological
Visual Perception
Young Adult

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