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Aug 4, 2015

What should an athlete focus their attention on when performing their sport? Should you pay attention to how your body is moving, the crowd, your opponents, what you need to buy at the store after the game, or something else?  Is it the same if you just learning the sport?  In this episode I focus my attention of focusing attention.

What Grinds My Gears: Does sports science get enough respect?  Internal/external focus debate


Links to articles discussed:

When paying attention becomes counterproductive

Attending to the Execution of a Complex Sensorimotor Skill: Expertise Differences, Choking, and Slumps

Attention and motor performance: Preferences for and advantages of an external focus

Enhancing the learning of sport skills through external-focus feedback

From attentional control to attentional spillover: A skill-level investigation of attention, movement, and performance outcomes

Effects of focus of attention on baseball batting performance in players of different skill level

Increasing the distance of an external focus of attention enhances learning

Enhancing performance proficiency at the expert level: Considering the role of ‘somaesthetic awareness’

Why did Tiger Woods shoot 82? A commentary on Toner and Moran (2015)


More information

My Research Gate Page (pdfs of my articles)

My ASU Web page

Podcast Facebook page (videos, pics, etc)

Twitter: @Shakeywaits




The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action 

The Cute Leepers – All this Attention is Killing Me

Conny Olivetti – Attention Span Zero

Fallen to Flux – Outside, Looking In

Reigning Sound - Straight Shooter


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