Interpersonal coordination tendencies, decision-making and information governing dynamics in rugby union

PASSOS, P, ARAUJO, D, DAVIDS, K, GOUVEIA, L, MILHO, J and SERPA , S (2009). Interpersonal coordination tendencies, decision-making and information governing dynamics in rugby union. In: ARAUJO, D, RIPOLL, H and RAAB, M, (eds.) Perspectives on cognition and action in sport. Nova Publishers, 27-42.

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Abstract

In this chapter, ideas from ecological psychology and nonlinear dynamics are integrated to characterise decision-making as an emergent property of self-organisation processes in the interpersonal interactions that occur in sports teams. A conceptual model is proposed to capture constraints on dynamics of decisions and actions in dyadic systems, which has been empirically evaluated in simulations of interpersonal interactions in team sports. For this purpose, co-adaptive interpersonal dynamics in team sports such as rubgy union have been studied to reveal control parameter and collective variable relations in attacker-defender dyads. Although interpersonal dynamics of attackers and defenders in 1 vs 1 situations showed characteristics of chaotic attractors, the informational constraints of rugby union typically bounded dyadic systems into low dimensional attractors. Our work suggests that the dynamics of attacker-defender dyads can be characterised as an evolving sequence since players' positioning and movements are connected in diverse ways over time.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2011 10:16
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3329

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