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Sports Psychology – Anxiety and Arousal

3. Models of Anxiety and Arousal: Continued

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about catastrophe theory and the theory of challenging threat states, focusing in particular on: (i) Hardy and Fazey’s 1987 catastrophe model, and how it might be used to explain athletes’ differing performances when under pressure; (ii) the importance of cognitive anxiety according to this model on deciding whether performance drop-off with anxiety levels is sudden or gradual; (iii) some real-world examples of cognitive anxiety impacting physiology in high pressure sport performance; (iv) Jones and colleagues’ Theory of Challenge and Threat States, which suggests that demands of effort and a sense of uncertainty are present in threatening situations; (v) challenge and threat state responses to demanding tasks, which explain the different responses people have to demanding situations.

Course

In this course, Dr Jamie Barker (Loughborough University) explores anxiety and arousal in sport and exercise. In the first lecture, we think about what anxiety and arousal are in the context of sport and exercise. In the second lecture, we think about some models of anxiety and arousal, including Yerkes and Dodson’s inverted-U hypothesis. In the third lecture, we think about catastrophe theory and the theory of challenge and threat states. Next, we think about some applied strategies which can be used to manage anxiety and arousal. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.

Lecturer

Dr Jamie Barker is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Dr Barker’s research interests include intervention effectiveness, group dynamics, leadership and resilience within applied sport and performance research. Some of Dr Barker’s recent publications include 'Psychological support for sport coaches: An exploration of practitioner psychologist perspectives' (2018) and 'Investigating the effects of irrational and rational self-statements on motor-skill and hazard-perception performance' (2018).

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Barker, J. (2022, May 09). Sports Psychology – Anxiety and Arousal - Models of Anxiety and Arousal: Continued [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-anxiety-and-arousal/models-of-anxiety-and-arousal-continued

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