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Can your perspective influence your motivation?




Students, athletes and performing artists are often advised to imagine themselves performing successfully. That strategy is believed to motivate them for future exams, games, and shows. But is that motivation influenced by what perspective they take when imagining their performance? Research published by SAGE in the recent issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin explores that question.



Can your perspective influence your motivation?

The three studies explored in the article looked at two ways to visualize future performances first person (watching oneself through ones own eyes) and third person (watching oneself from the perspective of another person). The authors, Noelia A. Vasquez, at York University (Canada) and Roger Buehler, at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada), observed that the third person perspective resulted in greater motivation to succeed at the task, particularly when people imagined themselves performing well. The increased third person perspective appears to assign greater meaning to the task.

Mental imagery is usually used as a preparation strategy in a wide range of performance domains (school, sports, performing arts, public speaking, licensure exams as well less institutionalized future performances, such as bringing up a difficult issue with a boss, or resisting temptations such as food or cigarettes), commented the authors. These studies suggest that if someone needs a motivational boost to prepare, they may be well advised to envision themselves from the perspective of their audience.


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Students, athletes and performing artists are often advised to imagine themselves performing successfully. That strategy is believed to motivate them for future exams, games, and shows. But is that motivation influenced by what perspective they take when imagining their performance? Research published by SAGE in the recent issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin explores that question.

Medicineworld.org: Can your perspective influence your motivation?

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