Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - Psychology



First Advisor

Dr. Kyle Conlon

Second Advisor

Dr. Lauren Brewer

Third Advisor

Dr. Linda Bobo

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Nathan Sparkman

Fifth Advisor

Dr. James Schaeffer


With the growing popularity of esports, athletes may be able to experience potential cognitive and performance-related benefits as a result of watching others play esports. In the current study, student athletes were randomly assigned to watch a sport esport video or a control esport video and then completed measures of sport-confidence and imagery. It was predicted that participants in the sport esport video group would score higher than the control esport video group in the cognitive efficiency and resilience aspects of sport-confidence, as well as the cognitive general, motivational general-mastery, and motivational general-arousal domains of imagery. The overall results did not support these hypotheses, with the means between groups not statistically differing. Nevertheless, future directions regarding video game use and athletic performance are discussed.

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