THE IMPACT OF EMBODIED COGNITION ON SPORT PSYCHOLOGY Part 1: Expanding the Boundaries of Embodied Cognition Embracing Realized Movements Embodied cognition in sport psychology applies to realized movements. Goes beyond mere theoretical constructs, impacting athletes' careers anddecisions. Sensorimotor Learning in Sports Sensorimotor theory of perceptual experience: We perceive the world throughsensorimotor contingencies. Key question: How do sensory changes during movement affect skill learning? Key Questions for Sport Psychology Embodied cognition research should address specific questions in sportpsychology. The focus is on how embodied cognition research can drive changes in sportpsychology. Part 2: Specifying Embodied Cognition Effects Conditions for Effects When and in what tasks can embodied cognition effects be expected? Examining sensorimotor differences between individuals. Investigating online (simultaneous) and offline (time lag) effects. Movement and Cognitive Performance Research should explore how mental training in sports affects movementaccuracy. Motor training's effects on mental imagery accuracy. Variations in Movement and Cognition Differentiating effects of movement intensity on cognitive processes. Analyzing factors influencing specific effects of movements on cognitivefunctions, including age-related effects.
Part 3: Quantifying Embodied Cognition Effects Describing Complex Behavior Complex sports behavior involves rapid decision-making. How can sensorimotor information influence movement selection? Sensorimotor Processes in Sport Psychology Recognizing that sensorimotor processes can explain complex sports behaviors. Quantifying the relationships between sensorimotor components and cognitiveprocesses. Part 4: The Relevance of Embodied Cognition in Sport Psychology Expanding Theoretical Approaches Common coding, internal model, or simulation theories in embodied cognitioncan explain sensorimotor action in sport psychology. Potential for a stronger connection between theoretical approaches in both fields. Unresolved Phenomena Incorporating embodied cognition to explain unresolved phenomena, such aschoking under pressure. Yips phenomenon in golf as an example of behavioral errors from an embodiedcognition perspective. Future Integration Sport psychology should work toward integrating embodied cognition research. Opportunities for rich experimentation and cooperation between basic researchand application.