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Sports Psychology – Self-Efficacy

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In this lecture, we think about how some of these key points in self-efficacy interact and can be summarised, focusing in particular on: (i) review the content of the course and recognising its exploration of the definition of self-efficacy; (ii) reviewing Bandura’s model of self-efficacy, which proposes that it originates in past successes, verbal persuasion, vicarious experiences and emotional state; (iii) revisiting the impact of self-efficacy on perseverance and resilience; (iv) the key number of 85% confidence, which provides the balance between self-confidence and the drive that some doubt brings; (v) the key distinction between efficaciousness and arrogance.


In this course, Dr Jamie Barker (Loughborough University) explores self-efficacy in the context of sport and exercise performance. In the first lecture, we think about how self-efficacy and self-confidence are defined and differentiated. In the second lecture, we think about Bandura’s four sources of self-efficacy: past success, vicarious experiences, verbal persuasion, and emotional state. In the third lecture, we think about some of the key benefits of a high level of self-efficacy on sporting performance. Next, we think about some techniques for developing self-efficacy, including imagery and hypnosis. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how self-efficacy and arrogance can be differentiated.


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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