The Role of Repression in the Incidence of Ironic Errors

Woodman, Tim and Davis, Paul (2008) The Role of Repression in the Incidence of Ironic Errors. The Sport Psychologist, 22 (2). pp. 183-196. ISSN 0888-4781

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Abstract

The role of repression in the incidence of ironic errors was investigated on a golf task. Coping styles of novice golfers were determined using measures of cognitive anxiety and physiological arousal. Following baseline putts, participants (n = 58) performed a competition putt with the opportunity to win UK£50 (approx. US$100). Before completing the competition putt participants were instructed to “land the ball on the target, but be particularly careful not to over-shoot the target.” The distance the ball traveled past the hole formed the measure of ironic effects. Probing of the coping style × condition interaction, F(2, 41) = 6.53, p < .005, revealed that only the repressors incurred a significant increase in ironic error for the competition putt. This suggests that the act of repressing anxiety has a detrimental performance effect.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 16:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:43
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4152

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