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  Putting Like a Pro: The Role of Positive Contagion in Golf Performance and Perception

Lee, C., Linkenauger, S., Bakdash, J., Joy-Gaba, J., & Profitt, D. (2011). Putting Like a Pro: The Role of Positive Contagion in Golf Performance and Perception. PLoS One, 6(10), 1-4. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026016.

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Lee, C, Author
Linkenauger, SA1, 2, Author              
Bakdash, JZ, Author
Joy-Gaba, JA, Author
Profitt, DR, Author
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: Many amateur athletes believe that using a professional athlete's equipment can improve their performance. Such equipment can be said to be affected with positive contagion, which refers to the belief of transference of beneficial properties between animate persons/objects to previously neutral objects. In this experiment, positive contagion was induced by telling participants in one group that a putter previously belonged to a professional golfer. The effect of positive contagion was examined for perception and performance in a golf putting task. Individuals who believed they were using the professional golfer's putter perceived the size of the golf hole to be larger than golfers without such a belief and also had better performance, sinking more putts. These results provide empirical support for anecdotes, which allege that using objects with positive contagion can improve performance, and further suggest perception can be modulated by positive contagion.

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 Dates: 2011-10
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026016
eDoc: e26016
BibTex Citekey: LeeLBJP2011
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Title: PLoS One
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Publ. Info: San Francisco, CA : Public Library of Science
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 6 (10) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1 - 4 Identifier: ISSN: 1932-6203
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1000000000277850