Award Date

5-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology

Department

Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

First Committee Member

Gabriel Wulf, Chair

Second Committee Member

John Mercer

Third Committee Member

Janet Dufek

Graduate Faculty Representative

Merrill Landers

Number of Pages

45

Abstract

The present study examined the impact that dyad training with an emphasis on attentional focus has on learning in the performance of a golf putt. The participants were randomly divided into four dyad groups: dialogue and observation with external focus, dialogue and observation with internal focus, dialogue and no observation with external focus, and dialogue and no observation with internal focus. Participants were given a set of instructions to verbalize to their partners during practice. These instructions were designed to generate either an internal or an external focus. The results determined that those participants who were instructed to have an external focus performed better than those who did not. The results also showed that the dyad groups who observed their partners had no significant difference from those who did not, indicating that it is the dialogue and instructions given by each partner that has an effect on learning.

Keywords

Dyad training; External focus; Internal focus; Learning; Motor skills; Observation; Training

Disciplines

Kinesiology

Language

English


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