Embodied perception in sport

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Embodied perception theory proposes that rather than being solely determined by the physical properties of the world, our perception of the objects in our environment is scaled by our ability to interact with them. On the surface, this idea is consistent with the common observation of highly skilled athletes that targets look bigger and/or move more slowly when performance level is high. In this review, I first examine recent empirical evidence that supports the idea that the perception of objects in the sporting environment is embodied. I next consider the specific mechanisms underlying embodiment in sport and discuss its potential functional value for athletes in terms of action selection. Finally, I explore how embodied perception might be exploited on a practical level to improve skill acquisition and evaluate training programs in sport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-86
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • embodied perception
  • expertise
  • motor control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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