Flow and quiet eye: the role of attentional control in flow experience.
© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2017
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This report was designed to investigate the role of effective attention control in flow states, by developing an experimental approach to the study of flow. A challenge-skill balance manipulation was applied to self-paced netball and basketball shooting tasks, with point of gaze recorded through mobile eye tracking. Quiet eye was used to index optimal control of visual attention. While the experimental manipulation was found to have no effect, quiet eye was associated with the experience of flow. Furthermore, mediation revealed an indirect effect of quiet eye on performance through flow experience. This study provides initial evidence that flow may be preceded by changes in visual attention, suggesting that further investigation of visual attention may elucidate the cognitive mechanisms behind flow experience.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Springer Verlag via the DOI in this record.
First Online: 25 February 2017
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