Arousal Psych PE

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Arousal is an ENERGISED STATE.....
that drives a person to learn or perform
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Cognitive Arousal (PSYCH)
Are the psychological changes that a performer experiences with increase/decrease in arousal
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Somatic Arousal (PHYSIOLOGICAL)
Are the changes which a performer experiences with increase/decrease in arousal
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Effects of over arousal
1. Attentional Narrowing 2. Attentional Wastage
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Attentional Narrowing
Focus is limited to only some stimuli and the performer may miss important stimuli as a result
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Attentional Wastage
Concentration is mis-directed to cues that may be irrelevant to their performance
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Appropriate Levels of Arousal
1. Zone of Optimum Functioning 2. Peak Flow Experience
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Zone of Optimum Functioning
The unique level of arousal which allows a performer to perform with maximum concentration and effort.
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Peak Flow Experience
A comprehensive feeling of well-being occuring when all psychological and physiological variables align giving the best possible performance.
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Drive Theory
Suggests a linear relationship so as arousal increases so does performance
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Inverted U Theory
Suggests as arousal increases so does performance but only to an optimum point an increase in arousal beyond this level will result in a decrease in performance
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Catastrophe Theory
Suggests that an increase in arousal will improve performance but if over arousal starts to occur then the performer may start to worry This can lead to a dramatic drop in performance.
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