It’s often taken as a truism that confidence is essential in sports. But new research is beginning to back up this idea with real data. Self-belief is a powerful predictor for success in competitive gaming, according to a recent study published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
Participants in the study, 82 men between the ages of 18 and 32, competed in CS:GO to kill expert-level bots faster than their competitors.
Maciej Behnke, manager of the Psychophysiology and Health Lab at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, says that the use of bots was to “limit the influence of external factors” on player performance. The winners of the competition were offered a cash prize so it more closely represented the pressures and motivations of an esports event.
Players were asked to measure their skills versus those of their competitors using a “seven-point scale ranging from one (‘extremely low skills’) to seven (‘extremely high skills’),” according to the study. Players were given evaluations of their performance after each round of play and researchers told some players that they scored worse or better than they actually did.
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