BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Adaptive working memory training reduces the negative impact of anxiety on competitive motor performance

    Ducrocq, Emmanuel and Wilson, M. and Smith, Tim J. and Derakhshan, Nazanin (2017) Adaptive working memory training reduces the negative impact of anxiety on competitive motor performance. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 39 (6), pp. 412-422. ISSN 1543-2904.

    21206.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

    Download (563kB) | Preview


    Optimum levels of attentional control are essential to prevent athletes from experiencing performance breakdowns under pressure. The current study explored whether training attentional control using the adaptive dual n-back paradigm, designed to directly target processing efficiency of the main executive functions of working memory (WM), would result in transferrable effects on sports performance outcomes. A total of 30 tennis players were allocated to an adaptive WM training or active control group and underwent 10 days of training. Measures of WM capacity as well as performance and objective gaze indices of attentional control in a tennis volley task were assessed in low- and high-pressure posttraining conditions. Results revealed significant benefits of training on WM capacity, quiet eye offset, and tennis performance in the high-pressure condition. Our results confirm and extend previous findings supporting the transfer of cognitive training benefits to objective measures of sports performance under pressure.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): attentional control, competitive pressure, neurotraining, quiet eye
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Mr Joe Tenant
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Tenant
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 10:26
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item