COMPARISON OF MENTAL PRACTICE AND PHYSICAL PRACTICE IN THE LEARNING OF PHYSICAL SKILLS.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK
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The purpose of this study was to determine whether students can learn a physical skill simply by watching a motion picture and by mentally going through the motions of the skill as they see it demonstrated on the screen. Mental and physical practice to net a basketball were compared to answer this question. Results showed that 1 mental practice was found to be effective in teaching a skill. 2 Twenty periods of mental practice was comparable to fourteen periods of physical practice. 3 A combination of mental practice and physical practice would be most effective in teaching a skill.
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