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Say it quietly, but we still do not know how Quiet Eye training works – comment on Vickers

Wilson, MR and Wood, GW and Vine, SJ (2016) Say it quietly, but we still do not know how Quiet Eye training works – comment on Vickers. Current Issues in Sport Science. ISSN 2414-6641

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Abstract

The Quiet Eye (QE) construct, first reported by Prof Joan Vickers 25 years ago, has proved to be an enduring perceptual cognitive variable. Not only does it reliably differentiate more from less proficient performance, but it appears to provide an insight into how competitive pressure impacts upon the planning and control of visually guided skills. Perhaps the most exciting findings from an applied perspective are the performance advantages conferred from QE training. In this commentary we suggest that QE research needs a period of consolidation, rather than expansion if the mechanisms underpinning these performance effects are to be better understood. We need to manage the difficult balancing act of ensuring consistency in definitions and methods, while recognizing the importance of inter and intra- task (and individual) variability. This may require different experimental and analytical methods than those currently used.

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