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A2 Arousal Q & A

Exam questions on arousal

Identify three characteristics of the peak flow experience. Highly focussed on the task Movement or skill feels effortless Clear goals High levels of self-efficacy Sub-conscious feelings of control (being on autopilot)
During a tennis match a player may display signs of anxiety and become over-aroused. Using the ‘catastrophe theory’, describe how over-arousal may affect a player’s performance. Moderate levels of arousal needed to be at their best Over-arousal causes a decrease in performance Performer can recover if caused by cognitive anxiety Performance continue to decrease and not recover if caused by cognitive and somatic anxiety
Explain the drive theory (key points) As arousal increases so does likelihood of dominant response Experienced players perform better with higher levels of arousal Novice players perform better with lower levels of arousal
Explain the inverted U theory (key points) As arousal increases so does performance but only to certain level Optimal arousal occurs at moderate levels Personality of performer Nature of the Task Skill of performer
Explain the zone of optimal functioning (key points) Some performers have a wider range of optimal arousal levels/different band widths of optimal arousal
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