Terror Management Theory's Effect on Athletic Performance

Raso, Amanda (2014) Terror Management Theory's Effect on Athletic Performance. [Abstract]

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    Abstract

    This research examines the effects of terror management theory (TMT) and athletic performance. TMT states that humans defend themselves against the anxiety stemming from death awareness (mortality salience; MS) by investing in cultural worldviews, which often results in identification with similar others as well as harsh denigration of anyone with opposing views. I sought to investigate whether participant’s athletic performance would be affected by mortality salience. Participants included varsity lacrosse players, varsity women soccer players, men soccer players, and a mixed population of undergraduate students. Each participant was asked to complete as many push-ups as they could and then asked to complete a self-esteem survey. They were then exposed to the mortality salience or control and then asked to repeat the push-up test. The goal was to determine if the participants exposed to the MS had a greater number of completed push-ups the second go around.

    Item Type: Abstract
    Created by Student or Faculty: Student
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Death, Anxiety, Gender patterns, Terror management theory, Mortality, Psychological aspects, Gender differences
    Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium
    Undergrad Research Symposium > Psychology
    Depositing User: Amanda Raso
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 19:06
    Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 15:58
    URI: http://fortworks.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/572


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