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Performance Psychology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128033777, 9780128033913

Performance Psychology

1st Edition

Perception, Action, Cognition, and Emotion

Editors: Markus Raab Babett Lobinger Sven Hoffmann Alexandra Pizzera Sylvain Laborde
eBook ISBN: 9780128033913
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128033777
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th September 2015
Page Count: 366
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This book integrates findings from across domains in performance psychology to focus on core research on what influences peak and non-peak performance. The book explores basic and applied research identifying cognition-action interactions, perception-cognition interactions, emotion-cognition interactions, and perception-action interactions. The book explores performance in sports, music, and the arts both for individuals and teams/groups, looking at the influence of cognition, perception, personality, motivation and drive, attention, stress, coaching, and age. This comprehensive work includes contributions from the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia.

Key Features

  • Integrates research findings found across domains in performance psychology
  • Includes research from sports, music, the arts, and other applied settings
  • Identifies conflicts between cognition, action, perception, and emotion
  • Explores influences on both individual and group/team performance
  • Investigates what impacts peak performance and error production


Researchers in performance and sport psychology, cognitive psychology, motor control and behavior

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Section A. What is Performance Psychology?
    • Introduction
      • Overview
    • Chapter 1. The Building Blocks of Performance: An Overview
      • Perception
      • Action
      • Cognition
      • Emotion
    • Chapter 2. Theoretical Framework of Performance Psychology: An Action Theory Perspective
      • Definition and Scope of Performance Psychology
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3. Measurement Considerations in Performance Psychology
      • Measurement Considerations in Performance Psychology
      • Types of Measures
      • Measurement and Theory Development
      • Two-Parameter Model for Capturing the Cognitive–Affective–Behavioral Linkage in Performance Psychology
      • New Trends in Performance Measurement
      • Summary
    • Chapter 4. Applications within Performance Psychology
      • Functions of Applied Performance Psychology
      • The Road to Excellence
      • Developing an Ecologically Appropriate Performance Psychology Program in Music
      • Considerations for Implementing Performance Psychology
      • Conclusion
  • Section B. Performance Phenomena of Cognitive–Action Interaction
    • Introduction
      • Overview
    • Chapter 5. Bridging the Gap between Action and Cognition: An Overview
      • Cognition and Action
      • The Yips in Golf
      • The Education of Soccer Coaches
      • Talent Identification and Assessment in High-Performance Sports
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 6. Improving Performance by Means of Action–Cognition Coupling in Athletes and Coaches
      • The Profession of Coaching
      • Purpose
      • Development of Coaching Expertise
      • Athlete Perceptions of Successful Coaching
      • Expectancy Effects in Competitive Sport
      • Summary and Conclusion
    • Chapter 7. Music Performance: Expectations, Failures, and Prevention
      • Communalities and Differences between Sports and Music Performance
      • Performance Failures in Musicians
      • Improving Performance in Musicians
      • A Heuristic Model of Performance Failures in Musicians
      • Conclusion: Some Implications for Prevention
    • Chapter 8. Motor Imagery and Mental Training in Older Adults
      • Motor Imagery as a Prerequisite for Mental Training
      • Motor Imagery and Mental Training in Older Adults
      • Mental Balance Training for Postural Control
      • Conclusion and Future Research
  • Section C. Dysfunctional Learning, Errors, and Other Performance Phenomena of Perception–Cognition Interactions
    • Introduction
      • Overview
    • Chapter 9. Bridging the Gap between Perception and Cognition: An Overview
      • Neurophysiological Implementation of Cognitive Mechanisms Guiding Perception and Action
      • Cognitive Models: Drift Diffusion
      • Conclusion and Outlook
    • Chapter 10. Performance and Error Monitoring: Causes and Consequences
      • Theories of Error Processing
      • Methodological Issues When Measuring Response-Related EEG Activity
      • Predicting Errors
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 11. Committing Errors as a Consequence of an Adverse Focus of Attention
      • “Serious” Errors in the Course of Perception
      • Selective Attention as Biased Competition
      • Selective Attention and Change Blindness
      • Perceptual Errors under Conditions of Inattention
      • Selective Attention and Visual Awareness
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 12. Lifestyle and Interventions for Improving Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
      • Cognitive Leisure Activity
      • Conclusion
  • Section D. Self-Other Perceptions and Other Performance Phenomena of Perception- Action Interactions
    • Introduction
      • Overview
    • Chapter 13. Bridging the Gap between Perception and Action: An Overview
      • How Does Perception Affect Action?
      • How Does Action Affect Perception?
      • Online and Offline Effects of the Perception–Action Link
      • Conclusion and Future Research
    • Chapter 14. Capturing Motion for Enhancing Performance: An Embodied Cognition Perspective on Sports and the Performing Arts
      • Overview of Theoretical Approaches
      • Overview of Empirical Research
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 15. Auditory Action Perception
      • Auditory Perception
      • Auditory Action Perception
      • Bidirectional Action Perception Coupling
      • Internal Model and Reafferences
      • Empirical Evidence
      • Conclusion and Future Research
    • Chapter 16. Visual Perception in Expert Action
      • State of Research
      • Applied Science: The Visual Control of Basketball Shooting
      • Future Research
  • Section E. Performance under Pressure of Individuals or Teams and Other Performance Phenomena of Emotion–Cognition Interactions
    • Introduction
      • Overview
    • Chapter 17. Bridging the Gap between Emotion and Cognition: An Overview
      • Emotions and Other Affective Phenomena
      • Cognition: A Necessary Distinction Between Executive and Non-Executive Functions
      • Performance-Oriented Theories Bridging the Gap between Emotion and Cognition
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 18. Performing under Pressure: Influence of Personality-Trait-Like Individual Differences
      • PTLIDs and the Influence on Performance under Pressure
      • Future Research Directions within PTLID Research
      • The Blanket Approach: Guidelines for Use and Concluding Remarks
    • Chapter 19. The Influence of Hormonal Stress on Performance
      • Instructions for Getting Your Dream Job Based on Cortisol Research
      • Cortisol—What Is It and What Does It Do?
      • State and Trait Influences on Cortisol
      • Cortisol and Performance
      • Cortisol–Performance Framework
      • Summary and Outlook
    • Chapter 20. Performing under Pressure: High-Level Cognition in High-Pressure Environments
      • Problem Solving
      • Creativity
      • Decision-Making
      • Comparing Problem Solving and Creativity
      • Comparing Decision-Making and Problem Solving/Creativity
      • Emotional Influence on Higher Cognition
      • Conclusion and Directions for Future Research
  • Index


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About the Editors

Markus Raab

Professor Markus Raab (GSU) is Head of the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University and Head of the Performance Psychology Department. Additionally, he is Research Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University, UK. The main focus of the research programme in performance psychology is on judgement and decision making in sports, health and peak performance. He favours a simple heuristic approach and an embodied cognition approach to understanding the interaction of sensorimotor and cognitive behaviour from a psychological perspective. Prof. Raab has about 80 scientific publications in well to highly ranked journals, was awarded by European and international scientific associations and has supervised 10 PhDs in graduate schools or in individual supervision.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Babett Lobinger

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Sven Hoffmann

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Alexandra Pizzera

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Sylvain Laborde

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Psychology, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

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