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Motriz: Revista de Educação Física
On-line version ISSN 1980-6574
GOMES, Thábata Viviane Brandão et al. Effects of position and amount of mental practice in dart saloon throwing learning. Motriz: rev. educ. fis. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.2, pp. 273-279. ISSN 1980-6574. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1980-65742012000200007.
Mental practice seems to contribute to the motor learning process but it is still not clear the effects of position and amount of mental practice in relation to physical practice, which was the aim of this study. Seventy two undergraduate students of both sexes and novice in the task were assigned in six groups of combined practice (physical and mental) for learning the dart saloon throwing. In acquisition phase, subjects performed 50 trials of physical practice and 18, 90 or 180 trials of mental practice (according to each experimental group) before or after physical practice. Ten minutes after acquisition phase it was performed retention and transfer tests. The results showed that amount and the position of mental practice did not influence dart saloon throwing learning.
Keywords : mental practice; physical practice; amount of mental practice; temporal location of mental practice.