When paying attention becomes counterproductive: impact of divided versus skill-focused attention on novice and experienced performance of sensorimotor skills.

@article{Beilock2002WhenPA,
  title={When paying attention becomes counterproductive: impact of divided versus skill-focused attention on novice and experienced performance of sensorimotor skills.},
  author={Sian L. Beilock and Thomas Carr and Clare MacMahon and Janet L. Starkes},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Applied},
  year={2002},
  volume={8 1},
  pages={
          6-16
        }
}
Two experiments examined the impact of attention on sensorimotor skills. In Experiment 1, experienced golfers putted under dual-task conditions designed to distract attention from putting and under skill-focused conditions that prompted attention to step-by-step putting performance. Dual-task condition putting was more accurate. In Experiment 2, right-footed novice and experienced soccer players dribbled through a slalom course under dual-task or skill-focused conditions. When using their… 

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