James Bierton's Thesis Presentation

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James Bierton's Thesis Presentation

We invite you to attend the Thesis Presentation of James Bierton, a Master of Arts (by Research) candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Investigation into the Role of Metacognitions in the Experience of Intrusive Visual Imagery in Athletes 

Presenter: James Bierton

When: Wednesday 12 September from 2-3pm

Where: Building E, 1.03

Abstract: Imagery is a technique that many athletes use to enhance their performance, and has been shown to improve various aspects of performance. Imagery has been found to improve the understanding of the skills and strategies used while competing, and can also influence motivation, negative emotions, and mental toughness while competing. One aim of this research was to compare elite athletes’ use of imagery prior to training and competing. An additional aim was to compare imagery use between male and female elite athletes. An understanding of this will allow for these skills to be implemented to other athletes, to improve their performance. Furthermore, this research can address the gap in the literature regarding how female athletes implement imagery. Imagery also has the potential to hinder performance. Intrusive visual imagery is the phenomenon where images depicting negative content are imaged unintentionally. The psychological factors that contribute to intrusive visual imagery are currently understudied. The final aim of this study is to determine the factors that predict the experience of intrusive visual imagery. By understanding the factors that contribute to the experience of intrusive visual imagery, sport psychologists can prevent athletes experiencing intrusive visual imagery.

Bio: James Bierton has been studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast since being accepted at the start of 2013, completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology, following up with completing the Honours course in Psychology. James is currently completing the Master of Arts (by Research) degree. James has been heavily involved in sport from an early age, competing in futsal at a national and international level and coaching at a national level. This to an interest in the role the human mind plays in the performance of athletes. This has lead to an interest in researching the various psychological influences on performance, so as to be able to apply this research in practice one day.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABLHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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