Active relaxation counteracts the effects of ego depletion on performance under evaluative pressure in a state of ego depletion

Englert, Chris; Bertrams, Alex (2016). Active relaxation counteracts the effects of ego depletion on performance under evaluative pressure in a state of ego depletion. Sportwissenschaft, 46(2), pp. 110-115. Springer 10.1007/s12662-015-0383-y

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We tested the assumption that active relaxation following an ego-depletion task counteracts the negative effects of ego depletion on subsequent performance under evaluative pressure. N = 39 experienced basketball players were randomly assigned to a relaxation condition or to a control condition, and then performed a series of free-throws at two points of measurement (T1: baseline vs. T2: after working on a depleting task and either receiving active relaxation or a simple break). The results demonstrated that performance remained constant in the relaxation condition, whereas it significantly decreased in the control condition. The findings are in line with the notion that active relaxation leads to a quicker recovery from ego depletion.

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

ISSN:

0342-2380

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Englert

Date Deposited:

12 Jul 2016 12:01

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2018 11:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s12662-015-0383-y

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82436

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82436

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