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How do expert soccer players encode visual information to Make Decisions in Simulated Game Situations?

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The aim of this study was to determine what visual information expert soccer players encode when they are asked to make a decision. We used a repetition-priming paradigm to test the hypothesis that experts encode a soccer pattern's structure independently of the players' physical characteristics (i.e., posture and morphology). The participants were given either realistic (digital photos) or abstract (three-dimensional schematic representations) soccer game patterns. The results showed that the experts benefited from priming effects regardless of how abstract the stimuli were. This suggests that an abstract representation of a realistic pattern (i.e., one that does not include visual information related to the players' physical characteristics) is sufficient to activate experts' specific knowledge during decision making. These results seem to show that expert soccer players encode and store abstract representations of visual patterns in memory.
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hal-01016086 , version 1 (27-06-2014)

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G. Poplu, H. Ripoll, S. Mavromatis, Jean Baratgin. How do expert soccer players encode visual information to Make Decisions in Simulated Game Situations?. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 2008, pp.392-398. ⟨10.1080/02701367.2008.10599503⟩. ⟨hal-01016086⟩
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