Experiences of flow in everyday life: Comparing music and sport domains

Gallaway, Naomi, and Krause, Amanda (2022) Experiences of flow in everyday life: Comparing music and sport domains. In: Proceedings of the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference. From: Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) 2022 Conference, 28 September 2022, Online.

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Psychological flow allows an individual to immerse themselves in an activity while performing at a greater capacity. Experiencing such heightened performance is dependent on varying factors occurring prior to entering the flow state. Researchers have identified autonomy and performance anxiety as significant antecedents to the flow experience by elite performers, but what of experiences of flow in everyday life? This study aimed to characterise psychological flow in everyday performance activities (e.g., musical performance, playing sport), and considered whether experiences of flow differed by domain (e.g., music compared to sport). A sample of Australian residents completed two online questionnaires: the first survey was completed prior to an upcoming everyday performance activity and the second survey asked participants to reflect on their flow experience following their stated performance task. Data collection is currently underway. It is anticipated that findings will illuminate key features of everyday flow experiences and determine whether these features might differ by domain. An additional analysis will consider if, when controlling for self-esteem, performance anxiety mediates the relationship between autonomy and flow experience. Study findings have implications concerning motivation theories as well as practical implications for those who might wish to facilitate individuals’ experiences of flow in everyday life.

Item ID: 76125
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music psychology, psychology of music, social and applied psychology of music, flow, performance, psychological flow, everyday performance
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Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 02:44
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 80%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360304 Music performance @ 20%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 80%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 20%
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