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Mental imagery can improve performance in a visuomotor task: a pilot study

Salehi, Maryam, Pyke, Wesley, Mohammadzadeh, Hasan, Nazari, Mohammad Ali, Javadi, Amir-Homayoun (2021) Mental imagery can improve performance in a visuomotor task: a pilot study. Humanistic Approach to Sport and Exercise Studies (HASES), 1 (1). pp. 21-29. ISSN 2783-3453. (doi:10.52547/hases.1.1.21) (KAR id:94888)

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Abstract

This experiment assessed the effectiveness of two interventions; mental imagery and physical training as compared to a control group, on their ability to improve visuomotor accuracy, measured by scores achieved on a visuomotor task. For mental imagery participants had to imagine throwing a dart and for physical training participants physically practised dart throwing. Measurements were recorded pre-intervention, after two weeks of training (Mid-intervention), after five weeks of training (Outcome Measure 1) and two weeks after training (Outcome Measure 2). Comparison of Mid-intervention, Outcome Measure 1 and Outcome Measure 2 with baseline showed both interventions to significantly increase performance on dart throwing compared to the Control group. Our findings show that, as well as traditional physical practise, mental imagery can effectively improve performance on a fine visuomotor task. This is an important finding highlighting possible applications of mental imagery in those with limited motor abilities to maintain or enhance motor movement.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.52547/hases.1.1.21
Uncontrolled keywords: Imagery; Visuomotor; Athletic Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Amir-Homayoun Javadi
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 09:43 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2022 07:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/94888 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Javadi, Amir-Homayoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0569-6441
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