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Lecture by Reza Abdollahipour, PhD

Lecture by Reza Abdollahipour, PhD

Guest lecture: "The effects of attentional focus instructions and vision on performance and learning of motor skills"


31.10.2018 kl. 13.00 - 14.00


Performance and Technology, Sport Sciences at HST will host a guest lecture by Reza Abdollahipour, Ph.D., Department of natural Sciences in Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic


Research has demonstrated the advantages of an external focus relative to an internal focus of attention for enhancing motor performance and learning across diverse tasks, contexts and populations. However, research has yet to investigate the mechanisms that underlie the benefits of an external focus relative to an internal focus of attention. Given the close relationship between attention and vision, the role of vision has been proposed as a possible alternative mechanism accounting for the differential effects of an internal and external focus of attention. In this regard, experimental studies have examined the influence of attentional focus instructions and vision on the performance and learning of different motor skills (e.g., golf putting, jumping, soccer kick, and balance tasks), and populations (healthy and visually impaired individuals). The findings of these studies provide evidence of the independence of attentional focus and visual information and suggest that visual information does not mediate external focus benefits for motor performance and learning. These findings point to other cognitively mediated mechanisms such as differences in attentional load, or in functional connectivity among brain regions, which are responsible for movement control.

All interested parties are welcome. 


Performance and Technology, Sport Sciences, Department of Health Science and Technology


Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D2, room D2-106

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