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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Manipulating cardiovascular indices of challenge and threat using resource appraisals
Authors: Turner, Martin J
Jones, Marc V
Sheffield, David
Barker, Jamie
Coffee, Pete
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Keywords: Theory of Challenge and Threat States in Athletes
Biopsychosocial model
Cardiovascular reactivity
Cognitive appraisal
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Turner MJ, Jones MV, Sheffield D, Barker J & Coffee P (2014) Manipulating cardiovascular indices of challenge and threat using resource appraisals, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94 (1), pp. 9-18.
Abstract: Challenge and threat reflect two distinct psychophysiological approaches to motivated performance situations. Challenge is related to superior performance in a range of tasks compared to threat, thus methods to promote challenge are valuable. In this paper we manipulate challenge and threat cardiovascular reactivity using only resource appraisals, without altering perceived task demands between challenge and threat conditions. Study 1 used a competitive throwing task and Study 2 used a physically demanding climbing task. In both studies challenge task instructions led to challenge cardiovascular reactivity and threat task instructions led to threat cardiovascular reactivity. In Study 1, participants who received challenge instructions performed better than participants who received threat instructions. In Study 2, attendance at the climbing task did not differ across groups. The findings have implications for stress management in terms of focusing on manipulating appraisals of upcoming tasks by promoting self-efficacy and perceived control and focusing on approach goals. Future research could more reliably assess the influence of similar task instructions on performance.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Published in International Journal of Psychophysiology by Elsevier; Elsevier believes that individual authors should be able to distribute their accepted author manuscripts for their personal voluntary needs and interests, e.g. posting to their websites or their institution’s repository, e-mailing to colleagues. The Elsevier Policy is as follows: Authors retain the right to use the accepted author manuscript for personal use, internal institutional use and for permitted scholarly posting provided that these are not for purposes of commercial use or systematic distribution. An "accepted author manuscript" is the author’s version of the manuscript of an article that has been accepted for publication and which may include any author-incorporated changes suggested through the processes of submission processing, peer review, and editor-author communications.
Affiliation: Staffordshire University
Staffordshire University
University of Derby
Staffordshire University

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