What is self-control depleting in sports? Effects of vicarious experiences on performance

Englert, Christoph; Bertrams, Alex (2014). What is self-control depleting in sports? Effects of vicarious experiences on performance. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45(1), pp. 1-10. Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

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In the present study, we investigated the influence of sport specific vicarious depletion of self-control strength on performance in a Stroop task. In a betweensubject design N = 40 participants were randomly assigned to either a depletion condition in which they read a story about a soccer player who had to strongly regulate himself, or a non-depletion condition in which they read a story about a soccer player who did not have to regulate himself. Participants in both conditions were instructed to relive the soccer players' thoughts and feelings and we hypothesized that in the depletion condition participants would perform worse in a subsequent self-control task. The results were as expected as depleted participants showed longer latencies on the Stroop task. This study delivers a first indication that athletes are confronted with self-control demanding situations during sporting competitions which can lead to a depletion of self-control strength and impaired performance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph and Bertrams, Alexander Gregor

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0047-0767

Publisher:

Edizioni Luigi Pozzi

Language:

English

Submitter:

Noemi Martina Casola

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2015 09:59

Last Modified:

14 Jul 2017 16:20

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64440

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