Is controllability of imagery related to canoe-slalom performance? 1

Tadhg MacIntyre*, Aidan Moran, Domhnall J. Jennings

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This study investigated the relationship of controllability of mental imagery with canoe-slalom performance. Controllability of mental imagery was assessed by an objective test of mental rotation, the Mental Rotations Test. This test was administered to both elite (n = 19) and intermediate (n = 12) athletes. Predictive validity of the controllability test was supported by a significant correlation between test scores and race rank-order for the elite canoeing group (rs = 0.42, p < .05): however, it did not distinguish elite from intermediate groups (t29 = 0.98, p > .05). Researchers should attempt to evaluate vividness of imagery, controllability of imagery, and accuracy of reference to understand more fully the nature of athletes' imagery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1250
Number of pages6
Issue number3 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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