Imagery Perspective and Its Role in Mental Training of Motor Skills



The article is intended to deduce a conceptual basis for the diff erence between external and internal imagery capacity to facilitate certain sport tasks. Features of a movement to be trained (i.e. importance of speed-strength, fi ne motor and spatial confi guration components), level of expertise of an athlete, his or her concentration on aforementioned aspects of an imagined movement, vividness of his or her imagery and focus on either concrete actions or total events are proposed to be considered as factors that determine specifi cs of a sport task in relation to expected eff ectiveness of external and internal imagery perspective

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Keywords: mental training, imagery perspective, motor skills acquisition, motivational function of imagery, action identification theory

Journal rubric: General Psychology, Personality Psychology, History of Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kaminskiy I.V., Veraksa A.N. Imagery Perspective and Its Role in Mental Training of Motor Skills. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 2, pp. 27–37. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Igor V. Kaminskiy, postgraduate student, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Aleksandr N. Veraksa, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail: