Faculty Mentor

Tyler Miller


“Choking under pressure” is a well-known phenomenon and occurs when performance is negatively affected because of perceived pressure. Many researchers have studied this topic, mainly verifying the key theories involved: the explicit monitoring theory and distraction theory. The current study adds to the literature by measuring the contributions of body-awareness to choking under pressure. There has been previous research on the concept of overthinking body movements that supports the hypothesis of the more self-aware an individual is of their body, the more they are subject to choking in a pressure induced situation. The current study aims to expand this idea by examining tactile awareness as another body-awareness factor. We examined if the presence of pressure would disturb performance in a golf-putting task. We hypothesized that the participants who ranked high in body awareness would perform more poorly in the pressure group than the participants who ranked low in body awareness.

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