Collective emotions in doubles table tennis

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Researchers have shown that the emotions that athletes experience during sporting competition can be transferred between team members to create collective team emotional states. Nevertheless, collective emotions have not yet been investigated for sporting dyads. In this study, the emotional experiences of 68 doubles table tennis players (34 dyads) were examined at three time points: precompetition, in-competition, and postcompetition. It was found that the intensity of each emotional state differed as a function of match situation (positive/negative). Moreover, in-competition anxiety, dejection, and anger were shown to predict poorer subjective performance, and anxiety was shown to negatively impact future objective athlete performance. Most pertinently, within-dyad emotional aggregation was identified for athlete in-competition happiness and dejection and for postcompetition happiness, dejection, and anger. These findings represent the first quantitative evidence of emotional convergence in sport dyads and provide support for the social functional theory of emotion in sport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Issue number5
Early online date20 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022


  • temporal
  • performance
  • emotional contagion
  • interpersonal
  • dyad
  • UKRI
  • ESRC
  • ES/P000673/1


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