The effect of cognitative state anxiety upon attentional styles adopted by a single figure handicapped golfer
Tucker, Paul Stuart
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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A qualitative study was conducted to investigate the effect of state anxiety upon attentional processes of an elite single figure handicapped golfer. More specifically the study aimed to test the predictions of Nideffer's (1976) theory of attentional and interpersonal style. Protocol analysis was used to gather thoughts of the participant in both a practice and competition round of golf during different situations within both conditions. Results from the interview transcripts agreed with the predictions of Nideffer (1976) in that when anxious attention narrowed and was direct internally. Also the participant was locked into their preferred attentional style, and indicated that different situations within a round of golf require different attentional styles. It is concluded that, in the case of this participant, a relationship between attention and anxiety exists.
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