Now Hear This: Auditory Sense may be an Undervalued Component of Effective Modeling and Imagery Interventions in Sport
Jenny O1, *, Barbi Law2, Amanda Rymal3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2015
First Page: 203
Last Page: 211
Publisher Id: TOPSYJ-8-203
Article History:Received Date: 22/09/2015
Revision Received Date: 03/11/2015
Acceptance Date: 03/11/2015
Electronic publication date: 31/12/2015
Collection year: 2015
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One of the most important goals of behavioral research in sport psychology and motor learning is to increase our understanding of how to more effectively manipulate structural elements of psychological skills so as to optimize learning and performance. Imagery and modeling research have long-held parallel trajectories; advancements in the understanding of one construct has often informed subsequent research on the other. Preliminary research examining the effect of auditory modeling has indicated that deliberate manipulation of sounds employed during modeled actions can positively impact motor skill learning, performance, and consistency. The imagery research has yet to directly examine the auditory sense, and thus examination of this imagery component would represent a meaningful contribution to our understanding of how to further optimize athletes’ imagery practice. The current paper reviews current knowledge regarding effective imagery and modeling structure, and provides theoretical and evidence-based rationales for the examination of the auditory sense in imagery research.