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A stage performance of Don Quixote at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex in Venezuela (2013)

Performance is completion of a task with application of knowledge, skills and abilities.[1] In work place, performance or job performance means good ranking with the hypothesized conception of requirements of a task role, whereas citizenship performance means a set of individual activity/contribution (prosocial organizational behavior) that supports the organizational culture.[2][3] In the performing arts, a performance generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers present one or more works of art to an audience. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. A performance may also describe the way in which an actor performs. In a solo capacity, it may also refer to a mime artist, comedian, conjurer, or other entertainer.


Performance stateEdit

English rock band Deep Purple performing in Hoyos del Espino, Spain (2013)

Williams and Krane found the following characteristics define an ideal performance state:[4]

  • Absence of fear
  • Not thinking about the performance
  • Adaptive focus on the activity
  • A sense of effortlessness and belief in confidence or self-efficacy
  • A sense of personal control
  • A distortion of time and space where time does not affect the activity

Other related factors are motivation to achieve success or avoid failure, task relevant attention, positive self-talk and cognitive regulation to achieve automaticity.

Stage frightEdit

Kristin Chenoweth performs the national anthem of the United States at a baseball game

Theatrical performances, especially when the audience is limited to only a few observers, can lead to significant increases in the performer's heart rate above his or her baseline heart rate. This increase takes place in several stages relative to the performance itself, including anticipatory activation (one minute before the start of subject's speaking role), confrontation activation (during the subject's speaking role, at which point their heart rate peaks) and release period (one minute after the conclusion of the subject's speech).[5] The same physiological reactions can be experienced in other mediums, such as instrumental performance. When experiments were conducted to determine whether there was a correlation between audience size and heart rate (an indicator of anxiety) of instrumental performers, the researcher's findings ran contrary to previous studies, showing a positive correlation rather than a negative one.[6]

Heart rate shares a strong, positive correlation with the self reported anxiety of performers.[7] Other physiological responses to public performance include perspiration, secretion of the adrenal glands, and increased blood pressure.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ John Shields; Michelle Brown; et al. (2015). Managing Employee Performance and Reward: Concepts, Practices, Strategies. Cambridge University Press. pp. 125+. ISBN 978-1-316-44115-2. 
  2. ^ Winston Bennett; Charles E. Lance; David J. Woehr (2014). Performance Measurement: Current Perspectives and Future Challenges. Psychology Press. pp. 115–116. ISBN 978-1-317-82454-1. 
  3. ^ Sonnentag, S & Frese, M. (2009). Dynamic Performance. In S.W.J Kozlowski (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  4. ^ Haff , G. Gregory; Triplett , N. Travis (2015). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (4th ed.). Human Kinetics. pp. 156–57. ISBN 978-1-4925-0162-6. 
  5. ^ Baldwin, Sandra (1980). "Effect of Speakers' Sex and Size of Audience on Heart-Rate Changes During Short Impromptu Speeches". Psychological Reports. 46: 123–130. doi:10.2466/pr0.1980.46.1.123. PMID 7367532. 
  6. ^ Studer, Regina (2014). "Psychophysiological Activation During Preparation, Performance, and Recovery in High- and Low-Anxious Music Students". Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 39 (1): 45–57. doi:10.1007/s10484-014-9240-2. 
  7. ^ Maclntyre, Valerie (2010). "Heart Rate Variability as a Predictor of Speaking Anxiety". Communication Research Reports. 27 (4): 286–297. doi:10.1080/08824096.2010.496323. 
  8. ^ Brutten, Eugene (1963). "A Palmer Sweat Investigation of the Effect of Audience Variation Upon Stage Fright". Speech Monographs. 30: 92–96. doi:10.1080/03637756309375363.