The effect of priming on interceptive actions

Marinovic, Welber, Plooy, Annaliese M. and Tresilian, James R. (2010) The effect of priming on interceptive actions. Acta Psychologica, 135 1: 30-37. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.04.009

Author Marinovic, Welber
Plooy, Annaliese M.
Tresilian, James R.
Title The effect of priming on interceptive actions
Journal name Acta Psychologica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-6918
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.actpsy.2010.04.009
Volume 135
Issue 1
Start page 30
End page 37
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Time constraints in ball sports encourage players to take advantage of any relevant advance information available to prepare their actions. Advance information, therefore, can serve to prime movement parameters (e.g. movement direction) and reduce the amount of time required to prepare the upcoming movement. Regularly, however, players face situations in which the information used to prepare the action turns out to be outdated just prior to movement initiation and the prepared action needs to be changed as soon as possible. The aim of the experiment presented here was to determine whether the priming effect, generally reported for reaction time tasks, could be generalised to interceptive actions. A secondary aim was to examine the strategies employed by the participants to cope with valid, invalid, or no advance information. The results indicate that, when available, the participants used advance information to prepare their movements. More specifically, in comparison with valid advance information, hit rate and spatial accuracy were reduced when the participants had no advance information and were even smaller when the information conveyed was invalid. The results also suggest that in the absence of valid advance information, the strategies employed to intercept the moving target were tuned to the time remaining until the interception was due to occur. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Keyword Interception
Motor control
Visual information
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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