Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Anxiety and performance

perceptual-motor behavior in high-pressure contexts

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When the pressure is on and anxiety levels increase it is not easy to perform well. In search of mechanisms explaining the anxiety-performance relationship, we revisit the integrated model of anxiety and perceptual-motor performance (Nieuwenhuys and Oudejans, 2012) and provide a critical review of contemporary literature. While there is increasing evidence that changes in attentional control affect the execution of goal-directed action, based on our model and emerging evidence from different scientific disciplines, we argue for a more integrated, process-based approach. That is, anxiety can affect performance on different levels of operational control (i.e., attentional, interpretational, physical) and - moving beyond the execution of action - have implications for different aspects of perceptual-motor behavior, including situational awareness and decision making.

Reference Nieuwenhuys, A., & Oudejans, R. RD. (2017). Anxiety and performance: perceptual-motor behavior in high-pressure contexts. Current opinion in psychology, 16(August), 28-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.03.019
Published by  Faculty Sports and Nutrition 1 August 2017

Publication date

Aug 2017

Author(s)

Arne Nieuwenhuys

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