Essay title: The Influence of Environmental Factors on Perceptual Cognitive Skills in Football.
You have been recruited by the head of Academy Sport Science (HASS) of a Category 1 football club as a psychology consultant to examine perceptual cognitive skills of their development squad (U-18’s). During an earlier session you have completed a battery of psychological tests (Practical Skills Acquisition session – Week 9) examining the effects of various environmental factors on the acquisition of perceptual cognitive skills. You will be provided a data set (Excel) and methodology for the study. Following conducing an appropriate statistical analysis, students will complete a 6-page (maximum) report for the HASS with the following subsections and content:
Results (1.5 pages)
The report should include a results section (including figures) with appropriate statistical analysis. This will be discussed in more detail in the assessment feedforward session (Week 9).
Discussion (2.5 Pages)
Compare and contrast (with reference to scientific knowledge) the findings with the literature from your perceptual cognitive skills and skill acquisition sessions, as well as your further reading.
What effects have the environment played on the results? What recommendations could be provided to either a player and/or coach from the skill acquisition literature?
Recommendations (2 Pages)
Considering the psychosocial literature, consider what psychological aspects (with reference to scientific knowledge; minimum of 2) may influence the results from the experiment, as well the possible recommendations to reduce the influence of the aspects.