Evaluative audience effects on perception in a sport task
Date of Award
M.A. in Psychology
Department of Psychology
Advisor: Benjamin R. Kunz
The presence of an evaluative audience is known to influence task performance, but the mechanism by which it influences performance is unknown. In an attempt to identify this mechanism, this study investigated whether the presence of an evaluative audience would also impact perception of the task target's spatial characteristics (i.e., distance to the hole and hole size). Experienced and novice golfers putted a golf ball from various distances and toward target golf holes of various sizes, with and without an evaluative audience present. Participants then made spatial judgments of the golf hole after putting the ball. The results showed that in the presence of an evaluative audience, novices perceived the hole as closer than did experienced golfers. However, novices putted with less accuracy than experienced golfers. These results suggest that social facilitation effects differentially impact spatial perception based on task experience.
Audiences, Performance Evaluation, Golfers, Depth perception, Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, social facilitation, perception, evaluative audience
Copyright 2014, author
Thomas, Suzanne M., "Evaluative audience effects on perception in a sport task" (2014). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 755.