The Effects of Cognitive General Imagery Use on Decision Accuracy and Speed in Curling

in The Sport Psychologist
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 6-week CG imagery intervention on strategic decision-making in curling. A secondary purpose was to determine whether curlers’ imagery ability and CG imagery use would be improved. Eleven varsity curlers from a Canadian postsecondary institution engaged in weekly guided imagery sessions that were held at the curling club before their regularly scheduled team practices. Curlers’ response times on a computerized curling strategy assessment significantly improved from baseline to post-intervention (p < .05). In addition, their kinesthetic imagery ability, CG imagery use, and MG-M imagery use significantly increased (p < .05). These results suggest that when curlers are exposed to new scenarios, they learn to store, process, and retrieve relevant information quicker (Simon & Chase, 1973). From a practical standpoint, CG imagery training can improve curlers’ strategy performance, including their ability to use various strategies in game situations.

Westlund Stewart is with the School of Kinesiology, Western University, London, Ontario. Hall is with the School of Kinesiology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Address author correspondence to Nicole Westlund Stewart at nwestlun@uwo.ca.
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