Attentional mechanisms in sports via brain-electrical event-related potentials

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In this study, we examined attention processes in complex, sport-specific decision-making tasks without interdependencies from anticipation. Psychophysiological and performance data recorded from advanced and intermediate level basketball referees were compared. Event-related potentials obtained while judging game situations in foul recognition and a control task provided insight into focus of attention, selective attention, and processing strategy (top-down vs. bottom-up). Results showed task-specific effects for advanced referees in components influenced by attentional focus and selective attention. Experts also seemed to profit from superior top-down strategy and were able to evaluate the stimuli more rapidly. These findings are discussed in connection with current models in neurosciences and theories of referee research.

Translated title of the contributionAufmerksamkeitsmechanismen im Sport anhand von hirnelektrischen ereignisabhängigen Potentialen
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)727-738
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2009

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