Does Imagery Work? Effects on Performance and Mental Skills

  title={Does Imagery Work? Effects on Performance and Mental Skills},
  author={Robert S. Weinberg},
  journal={Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity},
  • R. Weinberg
  • Published 14 February 2008
  • Environmental Science, Psychology
  • Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity
This paper provides a review of the literature on the relationship between imagery and sport performance as well as between imagery and the development of mental skills. First, the many anecdotal reports of imagery effectiveness are noted and a definition is provided focusing on the multidimensional nature of imagery. The evidence of the enhancing influence of imagery on sport performance is then examined by looking at the early studies (mental practice), case studies, preparatory imagery… 
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