Much attention was given to mental imagery in athletics (particularly tennis) in the 1960s and 1970s under the heading of visualization as a way to improve personal performance. The idea was to practice specific physical actions and to visualize them being successfully completed without actually doing them.
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Write a position paper (1,000-1,250 words) in which you discuss whether this practice of visualizing successful completion of physical activities is “pop psychology” and mysticism or whether the practice has research-supported underpinnings.
Using current research, make recommendations for improving the technique, or argue that it now is obsolete.