El foco de atención emerge espontáneamente durante el ejercicio progresivo y máximo

Translated title of the contribution: Attention becomes spontaneously focused during progressive and maximum exercise

Natàlia Balagué, Daniel Aragonés, Robert Hristovski, Sergi García, Gershon Tenenbaum

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The objective of this study was to test a non-linear focus-of-attention model, with the imposition and non-imposition of dissociative thinking during a progressive and maximum bicycle ergometer test. Twelve students who were familiar with experimental procedures performed a progressive and maximum bicycle ergometer test twice under two different conditions: first so as to encourage the emergence of intrinsic dynamics, without imposing any type of thinking and, second, imposing dissociative thinking (DT). During the test, through previously agreed signals, the participants reported on their type of thinking every 30 seconds (DT or AT - dissociative or associative thinking). The individual series were divided into 10 temporary intervals of increasing intensity and the percentage of DT and AT in each one of them was calculated. The median percentage of AT was significantly higher from the 6th interval of intensity onwards in the non-imposed DT test (NIDT) (X2 (12, 9) = 39.75; p < .001) and from the 8th interval onwards in the imposed DT test (IDT) (X2 (12, 9) = 70.65; p < .001). The percentage of PD was higher in the PDI test in 6 of the 10 intervals of intensity (p < .05). The results demonstrate the spontaneous emergence of PA during a progressive and maximum cycling exercise, confirming the nonlinear focus-of-attention model.

Translated title of the contributionAttention becomes spontaneously focused during progressive and maximum exercise
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)57-63
Number of pages7
JournalRevista de Psicologia del Deporte
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Associative thinking
  • Dissociative thinking
  • Emergence
  • Non-linear model
  • Progressive exercise

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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