The effects of cognitive general imagery use on decision accuracy and speed in curling

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 6-week CG imagery intervention on strategic decision-making in curling. A secondary purpose was to determine whether curlersÂ’ imagery ability and CG imagery use would be improved. Eleven varsity curlers from a Canadian postsecondary institution engaged in weekly guided imagery sessions that were held at the curling club before their regularly scheduled team practices. CurlersÂ’ response times on a computerized curling strategy assessment significantly improved from baseline to post-intervention (p < .05). In addition, their kinesthetic imagery ability, CG imagery use, and MG-M imagery use significantly increased (p < .05). These results suggest that when curlers are exposed to new scenarios, they learn to store, process, and retrieve relevant information quicker (Simon & Chase, 1973). From a practical standpoint, CG imagery training can improve curlersÂ’ strategy performance, including their ability to use various strategies in game situations.
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Subjects: sport psychology curling movement precision cognition experiment
Notations: social sciences training science technical sports
Tagging: Vorstellung
DOI: 10.1123/tsp.2016-0001
Published in: The Sport Psychologist
Published: 2016
Volume: 30
Issue: 4
Pages: 305-313
Document types: electronical publication
Language: English
Level: advanced