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Title:Effects of Mental Practice on the Acquisition of Critical Psychomotor Skills in Recruit Police Officers
Author(s):Whetstone, Thomas Stewart
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Johnson, Scott D.
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Adult and Continuing
Education, Educational Psychology
Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Education, Vocational
Abstract:Mental practice has been utilized in a variety of experiments and in a number of specific activities. Results obtained in experiments yielded inconsistent findings leading researchers to believe efficacy can only be discerned in controlled application of techniques. No research has been conducted in examining the application of mental imagery to police marksmanship training. In that regard, the problems inherent in bringing this technique to bear needed to be defined by this study. In this study, various experimental procedures were tested to define techniques for utilizing mental imagery to improve the marksmanship skills of recruit police officer trainees. A series of audio-tape guided imagery sessions were provided to the treatment group while the control group engaged in a neutral distraction activity. Self-directed imagery sessions were prescribed for the treatment group during the evening hours. A pre-test post-test experimental design was utilized. The participants were tested for relative imagery ability using a previously published instrument. The study suggested several alterations to the methods used, and proved beneficial in defining the proper procedures to use when examining the efficacy of mental imagery with an appropriately large group. Subjective reports from participants indicated a great degree of acceptance of the technique. Among the participants, mental imagery was found to be an acceptable training intervention for marksmanship skill building. Belief in the imagery training process, and completing the self-directed sessions, was viewed by the subjects as essential for the treatment to work.
Issue Date:1993
Type:Text
Description:119 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/71953
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9329198
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1993


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