I found the lecture on performance very interesting to me. As a collegiate athlete myself, I found this information to be extremely important to know in order to increase my own athletic performance. It is important to know about the different levels of stimulation or arousal as it correlates with the overall performance level. The Yerkes-Dodson Law explains the inverted-U arousal relationship by directly corresponding with arousal and performance. That being said, it is important to know this curve as an athlete to realize the correct response. There are a few theories that try to explain why performance efficiency on a task changes arousal. For example, the Hull-Spence Drive Theory describes this change of arousal and explains how arousal increases the strength of all responses. In easy tasks, the correct response is stronger than the incorrect response, but in complex tasks, the correct response may be weaker than the incorrect response. This is important because the people performing the tasks need to recognize the situation beforehand.
The Cusp Catastrophic Model was extremely intriguing to me. A traumatic experience could lower one’s overall performance. For example, if there is a death in the family a few days before a championship game, the athlete should expect their performance level to be lowered. Honestly, the concept of tonic immobility was never something I have thought about, but now that I have read about it, I found it very fascinating. The outcomes are completely different whether or not a human freezes in a dangerous situation.
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