Ego depletion, attentional control, and decision making in sport

Furley, Philip; Bertrams, Alex; Englert, Christoph; Delphia, Ana (2013). Ego depletion, attentional control, and decision making in sport. Psychology of sport and exercise, 14(6), pp. 900-904. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.08.006

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Objectives: Athletes differ at staying focused on performance and avoiding distraction. Drawing on the strength model of self-control we investigated whether athletes do not only differ inter-individually in their disposition of staying focused and avoiding distraction but also intra-individually in their situational availability of focused attention.
Design/method: In the present experiment we hypothesized that basketball players (N = 40) who have sufficient self-control resources will perform relatively better on a computer based decision making task under distraction conditions compared to a group who's self-control resources have been depleted in a prior task requiring self-control.
Results: The results are in line with the strength model of self-control by demonstrating that an athlete's capability to focus attention relies on the situational availability of self-control strength.
Conclusions: The current results indicate that having sufficient self-control strength in interference rich sport settings is likely to be beneficial for decision making.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Bertrams, Alexander Gregor, Englert, Christoph


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Elsevier Science




Noemi Martina Casola

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2015 16:27

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 14:42

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