Inverted-U Hypothesis

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Relationship Between Arousal and Performance


Sport Specific Optimal Levels of Arousal

Yerkes-Dodson Law: If the task is complex, requiring fine motor skill, the optimal level of arousal is low. If the task is relatively simple, requiring gross motor skill, the optimal level of arousal is high.


Athlete Specific Optimal Levels of Arousal


Williams, J.M., Landers, D.M., Boutcher, S.H., (1993). Arousal-Performance Relationships, Applied Sport Psychology; Personal Growth to Peak Performance, pgs 170-184, 2


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