Visual control when aiming at a far target

Author: Vickers, J.N.

Description: Gaze behavior of elite basketball athletes was determined as they performed 10 accurate and 10 inaccurate free throws (FTs) to a regulation basket wearing an eye tracker that permitted normal accuracy. Experts (mean FT = 78%) differed significantly from near experts (mean FT = 56%) in having a longer fixation on the target combined with an earlier fixation offset during the shooting action. These results, which depart from current models of near aiming, are tentatively explained using a location-suppression hypothesis. During the early phases of the aiming action, a fixation of long duration is needed on a specific target location. As the aiming action is then performed, vision appears to be a liability and is suppressed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Subject Headings: Visual control; Aiming; Far target

Keywords: Visual control when aiming at a far target

Publication year: 1996

Journal or book title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Volume: 22

Issue: 2

Pages: 342-354

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 2408