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Athlete imagery ability and effective imagery use

Williams, Sarah E. (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis was to extend existing imagery ability literature. After reviewing the literature in Chapter 1, Chapter 2 validated and modified the Movement Imagery Questionnaire-Revised to provide a more comprehensive assessment of movement imagery ability. Known as the Movement Imagery Questionnaire-3, it was employed in Chapter 3 to examine the influence of prior movement and prior observation on an individual’s external visual imagery, internal visual imagery, and kinaesthetic imagery ability. The Sport Imagery Ability Questionnaire (SIAQ) was developed and extensively validated in Chapter 4 to provide a more comprehensive measure of athlete imagery ability. Chapter 5 demonstrated the SIAQ’s predictive validity by investigating the interplay between imagery ability, trait confidence, and challenge and threat appraisal tendencies. Finally Chapter 6 used the SIAQ as a screening tool when investigating whether imagery could be used to alter the appraisal of a stress-evoking scenario. Overall, the thesis has resulted in two new valid and reliable assessments of imagery ability. Additionally, this research extends imagery ability literature by establishing how imagery ability can be improved, demonstrating imagery ability’s association with various outcomes, and highlighting the importance of assessing different imagery content.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Cumming, Jennifer
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Additional Information:

Publications arising from this thesis include:

Chapter 4: Williams, S. E. & Cumming, J. (2011). Measuring athlete imagery ability: the Sport Imagery Ability Questionnaire. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 33, 416-440.
http://eprints.bham.ac.uk/975/

Chapter 6: Williams, S. E., Cumming, J., & Balanos, G. M (2010). The use of imagery to manipulate challenge and threat appraisal states in athletes. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 32, 339-358
http://eprints.bham.ac.uk/362/

Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:892
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