Imagery: a way to lower your public speaking anxiety
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Objectives: To investigate the effect of a “positive imagery manuscript based on the PETTLEP model”, on the degree of public speaking anxiety (PSA). Method: 6 NIH students (M age = 23,33; SD = 2,25, 3 male and 3 female) with a certain degree of PSA were purposively recruited and divided into a intervention and a control group. To determine whether the imagery manuscript worked or not, immediate anxiety measures scale measures, heart rate measures, observations, post intervention controls and semi-structured interviews were conducted and finally analysed. Results: When compared with the control group, the intervention group’s heart rate and IAMS results had a pronounced more positive development from pre- to post-test. Furthermore, the observations indicated a better improvement in the intervention group opposed to the control group, and the interview results were consistent with the HR and IAMS results. Conclusions: The findings support the hypotheses and suggests that the imagery manuscript reduced the intervention-participants’ PSA. However, as the interviews revealed, we can not conclude that the manuscript alone led to the results.
Masteroppgave - Norges idrettshøgskole, 2011