Reinvestment, task complexity and decision making under pressure in basketball
Kinrade, Noel P.
Jackson, Robin C.
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The aims of this study were to investigate choking susceptibility in a perceptual judgment task and to examine the predictive validity of the Decision Specific Reinvestment Scale (DSRS). A computer-based, choice response time basketball passing task was performed under low and high pressure conditions. Complexity was manipulated by depicting 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scenarios. Repeated-measures ANOVAs revealed performance decrements under pressure with regard to response accuracy, moderated by task complexity, and a general speeding of performance over successive blocks. The DSRS was a significant predictor of poorer response accuracy under pressure in the high-complex task. Examination of the DSRS subscales revealed rumination as the only significant factor, predicting changes in response time and accuracy in the low- and high-complex versions of the task, respectively. Findings support the predictive validity of the DSRS, and highlight the importance of avoiding ruminative thoughts when making complex decisions under pressure.
Psychology of Sport & Exercise
Kinrade, N., Jackson, R. and Ashford, K. J. (2015) 'Reinvestment, task complexity and decision making under pressure in basketball', Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 20, pp. 11-19.
This article was published in Psychology of Sport & Exercise on 30 March 2015 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.03.007
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