PSYCHOPHYSICAL STUDY OF EXPERTISE PERCEPTION OF DECEPTIVE MOTION IN RUGBY

  • Shuji mori
  • Takuro Shimada

Abstract

This study investigated expertise perception of rugby players who attempted to predict thedirectional changes of opponents running toward them. The opponents’ actions includedsidesteps, which are often used by rugby players to feign an intention to move in one directionor another. Using video clips of those actions as stimuli, we conducted experiments tomeasure reaction times and anticipation accuracy of experienced and novice rugby players.The results indicated that the experienced players were less accurate than the novices whenanticipating the directional changes without sidesteps, whereas the players were moreaccurate when the opponent's action included a sidestep, suggesting that experienced playerswould be more likely to assume that a deceptive action would be used.
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