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The Use of a Hockey Specific Stimulus to Measure the Efficiency of the Attention Networks

dc.contributor.advisorMontelpare, William
dc.contributor.authorClaus, Adam
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-11T03:34:59Z
dc.date.available2012-11-11T03:34:59Z
dc.date.created2010
dc.date.issued2012-11-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/325
dc.description.abstractAttention is an important component to successful participation in a variety of sports and activities. Attention can be thought of as three separate but functionally interrelated networks; Alerting, Orienting and Executive Control. The Attention Network Test (ANT) can be used to examine the efficiency of the three networks. Many real life situations such as sport and physical activity involve more complex stimuli. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the scores on the three attention networks using arrow stimuli and using sport specific stimuli (i.e., an image of a hockey player with the stick indicating direction). Thirty-two participants completed two versions of the ANT; one with arrows as stimuli and one with hockey players inserted as the stimuli. As a control, participants were surveyed as to their previous experience in the game of hockey. There were significant orienting, alerting, and executive function for both versions of the ANT (i.e., arrows and hockey stimuli). The only significant difference between the two versions of the test was found with executive function. When using hockey player stimuli, the estimate of executive function was less than that when using arrows. Overall, the results suggest that the use of real life stimuli can be used with the ANT.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAttention network testen_US
dc.subjectSport specific stimulien_US
dc.subjectAttentionen_US
dc.subjectAthletes and attentionen_US
dc.subjectMemory and recognitionen_US
dc.titleThe Use of a Hockey Specific Stimulus to Measure the Efficiency of the Attention Networksen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineKinesiologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcAuliffe, Jim
dc.contributor.committeememberLarocque, T.


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