Yoshifumi Tanaka

Yoshifumi Tanaka
Mukogawa Women's University · Department of Health and Sports Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Yoshifumi Tanaka currently works at the Department of Health and Sports Sciences, Mukogawa Women's University. Yoshifumi does research in Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Science. Their current project is 'Cognition, perception, and action under psychological pressure'.
Additional affiliations
April 2015 - May 2017
Mukogawa Women's University
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2012 - March 2014
University of Fukui
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2009 - March 2012
Tezukayama University
Position
  • Lecturer

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Publications (41)
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Many athletes suffer from yips, which is defined as “a psycho-neuromuscular movement disorder, which affects sports in which fine motor precision skills (Clarke et al., 2015, p. 156).” Yips is one reason for significant performance decrements in sports. Several case studies, surveys, and experimental studies have been conducted to clarify this phen...
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Many softball players suffer so-called yips in pitching and throwing. However, the factors underlying this problem have remained unknown. We attempted to develop a questionnaire to assess the risk of yips based on its causes, situations, and symptoms. A mixed method study was conducted for the above purposes. In Study 1, female university softball...
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Many Japanese canoe sprinters are slow to start-off from the starting-machine due to the lack of practice in using the machine and psychological pressure of competitions. They often feel the delay in the starting phase of competitions. However, there is no experimental evidence to clarify the extent to which the start is delayed. In this study, the...
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Wegner (1987) demonstrated that thoughts about white bears are facilitated by instructions not to think about white bears. This phenomenon is widely known as the ironic process theory, and it applies to cognitive tasks as well as motor tasks. Many studies have been conducted on ironic errors in the domain of motor performance. However, there are on...
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Although many studies on choking under pressure used closed skills, such as golf putting, we examined the influence of pressure on movement during a dynamic skill by studying participants' kinematic and kinetic changes during a table tennis forehand task under pressure. Thirty novice table tennis players hit forehand shots toward a target for 135 p...
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The effects of psychological pressure on perceiving the height of a jump bar just before starting a high jump run was investigated. University students (n = 14) training for a high jump event performed 15 trials (3 practice, 6 high-pressure, and 6 low-pressure) in counterbalanced order in their daily practice environment. The height of the bar was...
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Motor behavior couples with several types of environmental information perceived by actors. The phenomenon by which perceptions are distorted by the psychological state of an actor, including motivation, desire, and anxiety, is known as dynamic perception, and many athletes experience this under the psychological pressure of competition. The effect...
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Decrement in performance under psychological pressure (i.e., choking) is a major concern for athletes and coaches. Most athletes therefore must cope with psychological, physiological, behavioral, and performance related symptoms that occur under pressure. Firstly, we reviewed investigations and intervention studies on coping with choking with respe...
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of psychological pressure on corticospinal excitability, the spinal reflex, lower limb muscular activity, and reaction times during a task involving dominant leg movements. Ten healthy participants performed a simple reaction time task by raising the heel of their dominant foot from a...
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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of psychological pressure on corticospinal excitability, the spinal reflex, lower limb muscular activity, and reaction times during a task involving dominant leg movements. Ten healthy participants performed a simple reaction time task by raising the heel of their dominant foot from a...
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The effects of psychological pressure on lower limb muscular activity and center of pressure (COP) were investigated in a standing, postural control task. Healthy male participants (N=18) performed a balancing task by standing on a balance disk with their dominant foot. Participants were requested to stabilize their posture for 30 s (one-trial). Af...
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This study investigated the effect of psychological pressure on spinal reflex excitability. Thirteen participants performed a balancing task by standing on a balance disk with one foot. After six practice trials, they performed one non-pressure and one pressure trial involving a performance-contingent cash reward or punishment. Stress responses wer...
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The effects of psychological pressure on corticospinal excitability and muscular activity were investigated in a two-choice reaction task that involved voluntary right index finger movements. In order to induce pressure, participants were given instructions that combined a performance-contingent cash reward, a penalty, and performance comparisons....
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Effects of explicit and implicit perceptual training on pitch-type (fast or curved-ball) anticipation with probability information prior to pitching motion were investigated. Participants (n=30) were randomly assigned to an explicit or an implicit instruction group, or a control group. They were administered 30 pretest trials, 60 perceptual trainin...
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In the present study, the in‰uence of psychological pressure on corticospinal motor tract (CST) excitability was investigated using monophasic transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during ânênger movement. Nine participants performed a spatiotemporal tracing task using a small laser pointer attached to the right indenger. After seven acquisition...
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The primary purpose of the present study was to examine kinematic characteristics and force control during a golf-putting task under a pressure condition. The secondary purpose was to provide an exploratory investigation of the relationship between changes in behavior (kinematics and force control) and performance on the one hand, and psychological...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of children with developmental disorders (CDD) to make estimations related to the avoidance of obstacles. Method: Participants were 9 CDD and 9 healthy children (HC) who had been diagnosed as having attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or Asperger's syndrome, aged 5-6. As a visua...
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The 1st purpose of this study was to examine multiple electromyography (EMG) during voluntary hand movements. A secondary purpose was to investigate possible effects of pressure on intracortical inhibition (ICI) and intracortical facilitation (ICF) functions of the motor cortex, using paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Twelve participa...
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We investigated changes in movement kinematics and attentional focus when expert and novice golfers performed a golf-putting task under pressure. Six male professional golfers and five male novice golfers performed 100 acquisition trials, followed by 10 trials in the pressure condition with a performance-contingent cash reward and small audience. A...
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Thêrst purpose of this study was to examine relationships between psychological/physiological and behavioral variables when participants are placed under pressure in a golf-putting task. The second purpose was to examine the relationships between psychological/physiological variables and performance. Sixteen male novices performed 150 acquisition t...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of whole-body movement under pressure. The study participants, who were right-handed male university students (N=16), performed "tomeken ," which is a bilboquet technique, for 300 acquisition trials followed by 15 test trials. In the test, a small audience observed participants who ha...
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The objective of this study was to propose an inductive model for the process of choking under pres-sure by qualitatively investigating factors related to choking and their relationships. Thirteen athletes Mϭ7, Fϭ6 on the varsity in soft tennis, football, basketball, badminton, and archery teams participated in a semi-structured in-terview in which...
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Purpose] The purpose of this study was to clarify the characteristics of balance function in children with developmental disorders (DD). [Subjects] Participants in the experiment were 9 normal children and 9 children with DD, aged 5 to 6. [Methods] The stability of the children's centers of gravity was measured during 30 seconds of static standing,...
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It has been noted that the symptoms of children with developmental disorders (DD) include problems such as high frequency of accidentally bumping into objects or people. However, as of yet there has been no clarification of the characteristics of gross motor abilities in children with DD. The purpose of this study was to clarify those characteristi...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of personality on causal attributions of choking in sport. We performed questionnaire surveys on 358 college and graduate students involved in sports, and performed covariance structure analysis to examine relationships between latent variables. We found that extroversion and emotional stabilit...
Thesis
The first purpose of this doctoral thesis was to investigate the behavioral aspect, such as kinematics and kinetics, of the performance of a motor skill under pressure. The second was to investigate the relationships among psychological aspect (attentional focuses), physiological aspect (arousal), and behavioral aspect (kinematics and kinetics) und...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of time pressure on the psychological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of a dart-throwing task. Participants (N=25) performed 140 acquisition trials (10 trials x 14 blocks) followed by 10 test trials under time pressure. Time pressure was induced by instructing the participants to complet...
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The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of attentional shifts and pressure on movement fluency in a perceptual and single-joint movement task. Participants (N = 24) moved an arm lever in an attempt to trace a spatiotemporal movement target on a computer display. They performed 100 acquisition trials followed by 20 test trials....
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The first objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between positive and negative a ffect at three phases of a golf competition and performance in the competition. The second objective was to investigate the relationship between changes in positive and negative affect during the competition and performance in the competition. Thir...

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Project goal is to clarify the underlying mechanisms of motor performance under pressure. We are interested in cognition such as risk take, risk averse, and ironic process. The relationship environmental perception and action is also investigated. Neurophysiological study by using TMS and tDCS has been conducting to clarify cortical and spinal excitability under pressure.