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Nonverbal behaviour in handball: A three-phase project based on behavioural observation
Lunds universitet.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9921-6586
Lunds universitet.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences. (Forskningsgruppen för fysisk aktivitet, prestation och hälsa)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0642-4838
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Nonverbal behaviour (NVB) as means of expressing emotions is an important channel for social interaction (Riggio & Riggio, 2012). Nonverbal cues influence others through mechanisms such as emotional contagion (see e.g. Hatfield et al., 1994) or impression formation (see e.g. Warr & Knapper, 1968). These are important aspects in team sports, but research is sparse.

A series of studies aiming at exploring NVB during handball matches will be presented. First, a coding scheme that reliably captures NVB in the post-shot period, the Handball Post-Shot Behavior Coding Scheme (H-PSB-CS) was developed (Moesch et al., 2015b). Thereafter, data from 616 post-scoring coding situations from 18 female elite handball matches were analyzed using the H-PSB-CS. Results showed among others that players displayed more NVB after scoring in playoff compared to league matches, that the bigger leading a team had, the more NVB were displayed after scoring, and that the amount of NVB declined over the course of a match (Moesch et al., 2015a). Furthermore, the interaction of the ongoing history of events of the game (i.e., how the team performs) and touch (but not gesture) significantly predicted subsequent performance: A high degree of touch when playing well, and a low degree of touch when playing poorly were related with positive subsequent performance, while, showing much touch when playing poorly, or showing little touch when playing well predicted negative performance (Moesch et al., 2015c). The findings of the presented studies resulted in low effect sizes, which can be due to the fact that it is difficult to control all external variables in such complex contexts. However, there are many advantages of using behavioural observation, for example high ecological validity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Nonverbal behaviour, handball, psychological momentum, elite sport
National Category
Applied Psychology Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-3959DiVA: diva2:844364
Conference
14th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC). 14th - 19th July 2015, Bern Switzerland. "Sport psychology - theories and applications for performance, Health and humanity"
Funder
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports
Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-08-05 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved

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