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Sports Psychology – Anxiety and Arousal

2. Models of Anxiety and Arousal

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about some models of anxiety and arousal, focusing in particular on: (i) Yerkes and Dodson’s 1908 inverted-U hypothesis, which proposes that both very low and very high levels of arousal can result in poor performance; (ii) some of the negative behavioural consequences of high levels of arousal in sport performance; (iii) the overly simplistic nature of the inverted-U hypothesis, which is addressed by multidimensional anxiety theory (MAT), by dividing anxiety in cognitive, somatic and self-confidence elements; (iv) how the time leading up to an important event can evoke these different forms of anxiety at different points.

Course

In this course, Dr Jamie Barker (Loughborough University) explores anxiety and arousal in sport and exercise. In the first lecture, we think about what anxiety and arousal are in the context of sport and exercise. In the second lecture, we think about some models of anxiety and arousal, including Yerkes and Dodson’s inverted-U hypothesis. In the third lecture, we think about catastrophe theory and the theory of challenge and threat states. Next, we think about some applied strategies which can be used to manage anxiety and arousal. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.

Lecturer

Dr Jamie Barker is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Dr Barker’s research interests include intervention effectiveness, group dynamics, leadership and resilience within applied sport and performance research. Some of Dr Barker’s recent publications include 'Psychological support for sport coaches: An exploration of practitioner psychologist perspectives' (2018) and 'Investigating the effects of irrational and rational self-statements on motor-skill and hazard-perception performance' (2018).

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Barker, J. (2022, May 09). Sports Psychology – Anxiety and Arousal - Models of Anxiety and Arousal [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-anxiety-and-arousal/models-of-anxiety-and-arousal

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