, Volume 41, Issue 3-4, pp 233-254
Date: 29 Feb 2008

Emotional gestures in sport

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The paper presents a study about the gestures of athletes while reporting emotions. The study was aimed at singling out possible differences in gestural activity of athletes during the telling of their best and worst performances. To analyse the gestures a manual annotation scheme was adopted that classifies each gesture in terms of handshape, motoric structure, meaning, goal, and type. The annotation scheme allows to provide a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the athletes' gestures and consequently to put forward the hypothesis that the mental images expressed by the gestures performed while re-living positive and negative experience contain not only visual and propositional but also sensory-motor and emotional components.