Decision-making under pressure
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This chapter explores what is decision-making, and also explores the theoretical underpinning and explanations for the decision-making process and consider the environmental factors that both influence and determine decision-making under pressure. In general terms decision-making (DM) can be viewed as the process of committing to a particular course of action. The term 'context' refers to the characteristics of decision makers, decision-specific characteristics, and the features of the external environment. One particular contextual factor with specific importance is the time pressure associated with making the decision. Time pressure reduces a decision maker's flexibility by hampering their ability to generate alternative hypotheses and hypothesis-testing strategies. The use of video training has also been highlighted as an important way to develop exposure to relevant perceptual cues and knowledge about opposition athletes and their tactics. This in turn can help in the explicit development of DM ability.