Neural correlates of expert behavior during a domain- specific attentional cueing task in badminton players

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the neural correlates associated with sports expertise during a domainspecific task in badminton players. We compared event-related potentials activity from collegiate male badminton players and a set of matched athletic controls when they performed a badminton-specific attentional cueing task in which the uncertainty and validity were manipulated. The data showed that, regardless of cue type, the badminton players had faster responses along with greater P3 amplitudes than the athletic controls on the task. Specifically, the contingent negative variation amplitude was smaller for the players than for the controls in the condition involving higher uncertainty. Such an effect, however, was absent in the condition with lower uncertainty. We conclude that expertise in sports is associated with proficient modulation of brain activity during cognitive and motor preparation, as well as response execution, when performing a task related to an individual's specific sport domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1

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