Anxiety

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Keystudy3:Frazy and Hardy-Catastrophe theory.

Frazy and Hardy two british researchers at the university of wales who were dissatisfied with the inverted u theory as a description of anxiety.

They proposed 3 main criticisms:

1.Somatic anxiety is not seperate from cognitive anxiety-the one affects the other.

2.When someone passes the optimal point and their performance drops,it dosent always tail off gradually but it oftens plummets suddenly.

3.Even if you 'tweak' a player's anxiety back to thr optimal level ,performance doesnt usually recover from a collapse.

Frazy and Hardy suggest a different set of rules for how anxiety affects perfomance:

  • cognitive anxiety is the 'splitting factors…

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