Sport and Competition Essential Reads

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

The Replacement of Awe

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 The Pursuit of Peace
Many of the most popular media events in history are similar in that they elicit a sense of awe. In doing this, they can replace sources that traditionally have inspired people.

College Athletes May Be More Depressed Than You Think

Similar to the compulsive exerciser whose tireless adherence to fitness most people admire, many college athletes may be struggling beneath a veneer of achievement.

FoMO Parenting: Nothing New

Parenting is stressful enough without FoMO Parenting. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) isn't new. It’s just easier to see.

Regular Exercise—Along With Standing—Is the Key to Longevity

A new report confirms why sitting less and exercising more increases your longevity. If you need some motivation to kickstart an exercise regimen for 2016, read this post.

The Curious Incident of the Black NFL Kicker

Black kickers have long been absent from the NFL. Why?

Dear High School Students

The high school years may be great, and by all means savor them. Enjoy high school and treasure your experiences, but don't let this time be the peak of your lives. Dream big.

If You Give a Man a Gun: Men, Evolution, & Mass Shootings

A lack of attention from others results in a lack of status, resulting in a lack of access to women. Combined with a young man’s testosterone, it creates a toxic, combustible mix.

Does Narcissism Drive Your Urge to Compete?

The competitive urge can strike in otherwise friendly situations to douse your good feelings about someone close to you. Here’s how to understand and cope with one-upmanship.

"Hey This Isn't A Competition And You Have Cooties So I Win"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 25, 2015 Ambigamy
When we want to end arguments without admitting defeat we often accuse our opponents of having negative emotions which we treat as the equivalent of having cooties. Here's how it works and why its not just insulting to them but dangerous for us to end arguments this way.

Stop Thinking Positively

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 PreFrontal Nudity
These days we're inundated with messages about the power of positive thinking, but sometimes positive thinking can actually interfere with success. Fortunately, there is another way.

5 Psychological Lessons from Marathon Running

Marathon running is intense and dangerous. So why do some of us take on this kind of superfluous activity? Here are five psychological factors that help us understand the nature of marathon running.

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

With appropriate attention and desire, college athletics can be an excellent venue for nurturing ethical behavior and character formation. It really doesn't take that much time or money to make it happen. But will colleges make it a priority?

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

By John Tauer Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Goal Posts
"Where have all the Children Gone" - Local Playground Near You

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Black Belt Brain
Ever wonder at a beautiful between the legs return in tennis, or an incredible behind the back pass in ice hockey? The sense of touch can help do that even when the athlete can't see where the racket or the stick is—they just know.

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

By Alexis Hatcher on August 05, 2015 Psy-College-y Today
Despite what colleges claim, academics doesn’t always end up coming first. Here's an athlete's perspective on why that is.

WOSPs, the Amalfi Coast, and Unstructured Play in Children

By John Tauer Ph.D. on August 02, 2015 Goal Posts
Why Can't Kids Play on Their Own?

Hunting Bwana the Dentist

What would motivate a dentist to spend $55,000 to kill an elderly tourist lion? The answer takes us on a psychological safari looking at recent themes in American life that incite and reward fantasies of the mighty hunter.

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

By Ben Lyttleton on July 23, 2015 Twelve Yards
Why scoring a penalty-kick in soccer is more about the mind than the foot

Extraordinary Fun

There are games we play just for fun. We laugh together. We become unpredictable, unpackaged, opened to an experience that is, when you think about it, when you compare it to our national pastimes, truly extraordinary.

How Much Is Your Reputation Really Worth?

New research explores when your reputation matters ...and when it doesn’t.

The Psychological Transition From College to Pro Sports

Athletes moving into professional sports are often not prepared for the psychological challenges that lie ahead of them. If this transition is not dealt with properly, the consequences can be detrimental in the long run.

Born in the USA

When the 4th of July comes around, do you find yourself getting all patriotic? That’s OK – it’s part of our evolved coalitional psychology. Read on to find out why!

Physically Active Children Grow Up to Be Healthier Adults

Why are children who exercise regularly more likely to remain healthy and fit into adulthood?

The Psychology of Competition

Competitions are fun, let’s be honest. At one point or another, you probably have enjoyed being part of some kind of competition. Of course, competitions are more fun if you actually “win” (but for you to win, someone else must lose). Given this basic inequality: can competitions promote pro-social behavior?

How to Kick Fatigue? Try Science’s New “3-Day” Rule

Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

How Psychologists Can Help Curb Cheating in Sports

It seems as if every week a new scandal involving cheating and antisocial behavior in sports is capturing the headlines—and psychologists are finally stepping in to solve the problem.

The Problem With Youth Sports?

By John Tauer Ph.D. on June 14, 2015 Goal Posts
What has happened to the innocent world of youth sports?

The Best Defense Against Jet Lag? Ask the NBA

NBA teams may be getting better at mitigating players' jet lag.

Tired of Being Judged? Try This.

We are being bombarded with implicit and explicit judgments in our professional and personal lives. Does constant evaluation take a toll on our psychological well-being?