Steven Love's Thesis Presentation

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Steven Love's Thesis Presentation

We invite you to attend the Thesis Presentation of Steven Love, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: Regulating Performance Based Mentality: A Metacognitive Development

Presenter: Steven Love

When: Monday, 8 October from 11am-12nn

Where: Building E, 1.03 

Abstract: The incidence of choking in sports performers has long remained an issue, even at the elite level. Choking is typically characterised by a decrease in typical performance, accompanied by ineffective coping strategies towards competitive stressors. Conversely, flow state is a state of being associated with optimal performance and complete absorption in the activity at hand. While current sporting literature and interventions have paved way for achieving mental resiliency and effective mental states, there is still large room for improvement in enhancing the understanding of attention training methods for athletes.

Metacognition, or experiencing cognition about cognition, has been evidenced to have strong associations with the way attention, information, and emotions are regulated. However, to date, little research has investigated how metacognitive frameworks may apply to a sporting context, which is heavily dependent on the regulation of such phenomena.

Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to a) develop a better understanding of the role that metacognitions play in competitive environments, b) develop and validate new measures that can better identify metacognitive beliefs and processes that athletes experience during competition and contribute to the occurrence of choking, and c) investigate the relationships between metacognitive beliefs, processes, attention, competitive anxiety and flow state, in athletes.

Bio: Steven is a PhD candidate specialising in metacognition, attention and performance, in athletes. He completed a Bachelor in Psychology at Swinburne University and gained a first-class honours degree in Psychology from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Steven has previously worked as an electrician for 11 years managing commercial based projects, and has since developed an interest in research investigating the mind through its attentional processes and components. He hopes that his research can lead to a new form of intervention, helping athletes better control their attention while performing.

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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