Gymnastic Judges Benefit From Their Own Motor Experience as Gymnasts

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Gymnastic judges have the difficult task of evaluating highly complex skills. My purpose in the current study was to examine evidence that judges use their sensorimotor experiences to enhance their perceptual judgments. In a video test, 58 judges rated 31 gymnasts performing a balance beam skill. I compared decision quality between judges who could perform the skill themselves on the
balance beam (specific motor experience = SME) and those who could not. Those with SME showed better performance than those without SME. These data suggest that judges use their personal experiences as information to accurately assess complex gymnastic skills.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)603-607
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Research areas and keywords

  • judgment
  • decision making
  • embodied cognition
  • sports official


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