Analysis of Affect-Related Performance Zones: An Idiographic Method Using Physiological and Introspective Data

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An exploratory investigation is reported to test the utility of Kamata, Tenenbaum, and Hanin’s (2002) probabilistic model in determining individual affect-related performance zones (IAPZs) in a simulated car-racing task. Three males completed five separate time-trials of a simulated racing task by which self-reported affective states (i.e., arousal and pleasure) and physiological measures of arousal (i.e., heart rate and skin conductance) were integrated with performance and measured throughout each trial. Results revealed each performer maintained unique IAPZs for each of the perceived and physiological measures in terms of the probability and range of achieving each zone. The practical applications of this approach are discussed.

William Edmonds is a research assistant in the Department of Educational Research and Learning Systems at Florida State University in Tallahassee. E-mail: spsy3@aol.com. Derek T.Y. Mann is a Grad Assistant with the College of Health & Human Performance at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Gershon Tenenbaum is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, Tallahassee. Chris M. Janelle is Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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