The first part of the workshop will focus on how to carry out imagery training in the form of Layered stimulus response training (LSRT).
By the end of this workshop, attendees will be trained to administer LSRT to improve imagery ability for research and/or practical application. Following a brief overview of the background literature, participants will be guided through variations of LSRT and provided with information on how to deliver this technique as a practitioner. Advice will also be given on how to evaluate improvements in imagery ability using self-report and more objective measures.
Everyone has the ability to image, but individual differences exist and impact upon the effectiveness of imagery interventions. That is, more benefits are accrued when individuals find it easier to generate images. Imagery ability can be improved with training using LSRT. Based on tenets of bioinformatinal theory, LSRT involves developing a vivid and richly detailed imagery experience by adding information in progressive layers (e.g., different sensory modalities, physiological and emotional responses). Guided by a practitioner, an individual begins by generating a simple image. Attention is drawn to aspects of the imaged scenario that he/she finds relatively easy to image, with additional details relevant to the situation gradually introduced in stages. Employing this technique, we have found individuals experience an increased ability to generate simple movement and complex sport images, as well as improvements in novice golfers’ putting accuracy. Importantly, these changes in performance occurred via LSRT in the absence of any physical practice.
Reference: Williams, S. E., Cooley, S. J., & Cumming, J. (2013). Layered stimulus response training improves motor imagery ability and movement execution. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 35, 60-71.