What is it about?

In our study, 241 men completed five matches of a soccer video game FIFA 19. Before each match, we showed films that elicited amusement, enthusiasm, sadness, anger, and neutral states. After watching enthusiastic and amusing videos, gamers were more motivated and, in turn, improved performance, compared to negative emotions and neutral conditions.

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Why is it important?

This study helps to clarify the link between emotions and sports performance. Notable strengths of this study include using an experimental approach with a large sample of highly motivated individuals in an esports performance context.


I loved the idea of using esports as a performance. We focused on esports due to its novelty, extremely fast-growing popularity, and its compatibility with psychophysiological laboratory research. Furthermore, gamers loved the study because we treated them as athletes. Finally, positive emotions optimized the performance - this is such a positive conclusion.

Master Maciej Behnke
Uniwersytet im Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu

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This page is a summary of: The role of emotions in esports performance., Emotion, October 2020, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/emo0000903.
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