The Link between Psychological Momentum and Affordances

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Psychological momentum (PM) is the experience that things are going your way (positive PM), or that things are turning against you (negative PM). It typically develops when moving toward or away from a desired outcome, such as the victory in a sports match. A notable observation based on recent research is that positive and negative PM trigger positive and negative shifts in athletes’ momentary abilities, and in their confidence in abilities to perform successfully. Interestingly, abilities are a key ingredient of the concept of affordances, which are the action possibilities for organisms in the environment. In an ongoing research project, we aim to provide insights into the link between PM and affordances. In this presentation, I will discuss our first results on the relation between PM and judged affordances (i.e., judged possibilities for action), as well as actualized affordances. I will also explore the theoretical mechanisms that could underlie the PM-affordances link.
Held atUniv Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon Universities, Universite Montpellier, Euromov, EA Movement Hlth 2991, France


  • judged affordances
  • actualized affordances
  • action possibilities
  • perception-action
  • sport psychology