Expectancy effects in tennis: The impact of body language and playing record on impressions of a tennis player and ratings of performance

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Buscombe, R. and Greenlees, Iain 2014. Expectancy effects in tennis: The impact of body language and playing record on impressions of a tennis player and ratings of performance. Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis. 19 (3).
AuthorsBuscombe, R. and Greenlees, Iain
Abstract

This study examined the impact that pre-event body language and knowledge of a performer’s playing record had on ratings of tennis performance. Participants (N = 123) were allocated to one
of four experimental groups (good body language/bad body language vs. positive playing
record/negative playing record) and viewed a live player warming up and completing a series of
tennis shots. Information outlining the player’s recent win/loss record was coupled with body
language condition during a period of warm-up footage. Likert-type scales were employed to
record impressions of the player and judgements as to the quality of the play. ANCOVA revealed
that the player was viewed more favourably having displayed positive as opposed to negative body
language (p<.001). Participants presented with a positive playing record (p = .001) formed a more
favourable impression and rated the players performance more positively (p = 0.001). The study
corroborates and extends the findings of recent work incorporating live models in expectancy
effects investigations.

JournalJournal of Medicine and Science in Tennis
Journal citation19 (3)
Year2014
PublisherSociety for Tennis Medicine and Science
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Deposited30 Mar 2016
SubmittedSep 2014
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