On the relativistic nature of predicted and real physical experiences: A field experiment

Slawinska, Malgorzata, Papaioannou, Athanasios, Chatzisarantis, Nikos, Hatzigeorgiadis, Antonis and Davis, Paul (2015) On the relativistic nature of predicted and real physical experiences: A field experiment. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 16 (3). pp. 106-111. ISSN 1469-0292

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.10.001


Objectives - An important yet unresolved question stemming from judgment and decision-making literature is whether individuals evaluate physical experiences in relative or absolute terms.

Design and method - The study examined 181 experienced basketball players in a 2 (type of experience: predicted versus real) × 2 (evaluation mode: separate versus joint) × 2 (type of activity: running versus shooting) experimental research design.

Results - We demonstrated that individuals who were familiar with physical tasks evaluated predicted and real physical experiences in absolute terms. In addition, we showed that relativistic modes of evaluation applied to real physical experiences but not predicted physical experiences.

Conclusions - This research contributes to the debate concerning whether prior task experience influences formation of relative evaluations, and reveals that contexts that urge for relative evaluations undermine happiness with physical tasks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evaluation mode, affective responses, predicted experience, real experience
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 18:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21180

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