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  • Steven Berry


Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Have you ever tried to think of a name of someone or something and it is on the tip of your tongue, but you just could not seem to access it? At that point have you ever then realized that if you simply stop thinking about it, at a later time the name or thing you were trying to think of will then come to mind out of the blue? It turns out that the fields of sport psychology, performance psychology, and cognitive psychology have coined this phenomenon as the "quiescence effect." In fact, research that has implications and applications for sport and performance psychology was recently published in regards to the phenomenon of the quiescence effect.

Sometimes we get so busy, and we get so into cramming productiveness into a day's work that this type of "productivity" actually becomes counterproductive in our attempts of gaining mastery of a skill set.

In citing interesting research that was recently published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology by Eccles, Balk, Gretton, and Harris (2020) titled ""The Forgotten Session":

Advancing research and practice concerning the psychology or rest in athletes:"

We can gain some very good understanding of how and why letting our mind rest immediately after acquiring a new set of sport and performance skills is to our advantage. The quiescence effect is especially important to consider when we are increasing our ability to master sport skills, performance skills, or cognitive skills.

Check out this video that I made of me teaching some mental performance tips

revolving around the quiescence effect:

Rest is essential and sometimes the computer needs down time to operate more efficiently in the long run...

Thanks. Please do not hesitate to write comments below....

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