Quiet Eye and Performance in Sport: A Meta-Analysis

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 Florida State University
  • 2 Universidad de Sevilla
  • 3 Universidad Autónoma de Chile
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Research linking the “quiet eye” (QE) period to subsequent performance has not been systematically synthesized. In this paper we review the literature on the link between the two through nonintervention (Synthesis 1) and intervention (Synthesis 2) studies. In the first synthesis, 27 studies with 38 effect sizes resulted in a large mean effect (d = 1.04) reflecting differences between experts’ and novices’ QE periods, and a moderate effect size (d = 0.58) comparing QE periods for successful and unsuccessful performances within individuals. Studies reporting QE duration as a percentage of the total time revealed a larger mean effect size than studies reporting an absolute duration (in milliseconds). The second synthesis of 9 articles revealed very large effect sizes for both the quiet-eye period (d = 1.53) and performance (d = 0.84). QE also showed some ability to predict performance effects across studies.

Jean-Charles Lebeau, Sicong Liu, Camilo Sáenz-Moncaleano, Betsy Jane Becker, and Gershon Tenenbaum are with the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA. Susana Sanduvete-Chaves and Salvador Chacón-Moscoso are with Dpto. Psicología Experimental, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain. Salvador Chacón-Moscoso also is with Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Temuco, Chile.

Address author correspondence to Jean-Charles Lebeau at jml11f@my.fsu.edu.

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