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The Nature, Measurement, and Development of Imagery Ability

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This introduction to a special issue of Imagination, Cognition and Personality discusses how imagery ability is conceptualized, measured, and developed within sport and exercise sciences. Drawing from the model of imagery ability in sport, exercise, and dance, we explain that imagery ability is best understood not as a single undifferentiated general ability but as a complex multiprocess, multisensory, and multidimensional set of capacities. We argue that a more nuanced way of understanding imagery ability and its subcomponents should guide the development and selection of appropriate measurement tools and training methods. Finally, we introduce the four articles that make up this special issue on imagery ability, which collectively present a range of approaches for progressing this area of research further.

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Author(s): Cumming J, Eaves DL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Imagination, Cognition and Personality

Year: 2018

Volume: 34

Issue: 4

Pages: 375-393

Print publication date: 01/06/2018

Online publication date: 29/01/2018

Acceptance date: 29/01/2018

ISSN (print): 0276-2366

ISSN (electronic): 1541-4477

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0276236617752439


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