Balance performance susceptibility to ironic effects of thought control in trained dancers

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dc.contributor.advisor Wayda, Valerie K. en_US Bast, Holly R. en_US 2011-06-03T19:37:01Z 2011-06-03T19:37:01Z 1995 en_US 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1995 .B37 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to attempt to determine if skilled dancers instructed to concentrate on sustaining balance while performing a simple balance task would experience ironic effects of thought control and a subsequent performance decrement under conditions of distraction utilizing a within subjects design. Sixteen skilled dancers were divided into two groups. Each group was pre-tested for time on balance for three trials on the 1"I13 balance task, and then alternately exposed to treatment 1 (a set of concentration instructions) and treatment 2 (the same set of concentration instructions with the introduction of a taped anti-rhythmic drum beat playing loudly in the background). Both groups were post-tested after the administration of each treatment, A 2x3 ANOVA with repeated measures on the last factor revealed no significant differences between post test scores for each of the two treatments. The nonsignificant results contradict prior cognitive research conducted using the Ironic theory of Thought Control developed by D.M. Wegner. Results suggest the need for further research in the motor domain testing this theory with attempts to identify factors which mediate motor performance.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Physical Education
dc.format.extent v, 34 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dancers -- Psychology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Performance -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Equilibrium (Physiology) en_US
dc.title Balance performance susceptibility to ironic effects of thought control in trained dancers en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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