Sport and Competition Essential Reads

Epigenetic Mechanism in the Cerebellum Drives Motor Learning

New research pinpoints how we learn new motor skills such as riding a bicycle, playing the piano, driving a car, etc.

Acceptance and Transformation

Should left-handers demand that half the baseball diamond be reversed?

Skilled Performance Takes More Than Practice

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
There has been a big debate in psychology about whether elite performance reflects talents or skills. A new meta-analysis helps to resolve this question.

The Naturalistic Fallacy Fallacy (Part I)

While it's true that "is doesn't imply ought," it's dangerous and stupid to ignore human nature.

14 Career Options for Psychology Majors

There are thousands of psychology-related jobs everywhere, but these are the most common positions companies look for.

Muhammad Ali and Where Determination Lives in the Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
As our will becomes stronger than our skill our determination to achieve may grow greater still.

Want to Up Your Game? Visual Guidance Optimizes Motor Skills

A new visually guided coaching method improves both gaze patterns and the acquisition of complex motor skills.

The Real Reason Why Climbing Stairs Leaves You Breathless

Even if you're in good shape, you probably get winded by quickly running up a flight of stairs. Why? Because your brain tells your body to stop breathing.

Is Title IX Anti-Evolutionary?

Is Title IX against human nature?

Why Is There No “Linsanity” Over LA Lakers' Jordan Clarkson?

In 2012, people went "Linsane" over Jeremy Lin. Today, another Asian American NBA player--Jordan Clarkson--is playing even better, but yet there's no "Linsanity" about him. Why?

Why Do Animal Tragedies Go Viral?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study investigates why the death of Cecil the Lion became an instant world-wide internet sensation.

Chimps Like Us: Baby, We Were Born to Run

New research shows that humans became large-brained, large-bodied animals through natural selection. Running appears to have helped us fuel brain growth.

The Wisdom of “Bull Durham”

The return of baseball season brings reminders of an astonishing movie with lessons that reach far beyond the ballfield.

Men's Lives: The Confluence, Fly-Fishing, Tall Tales and Art

The Confluence, a new book about men's lives, reminds us that life's most rewarding journeys don't have to involve danger or loss.

Masterful Lesson

By Adam Naylor EdD, CC-AASP on April 14, 2016 in The Sporting Life
Jordan Spieth's Masters mistake is a teachable moment about choking in competition, but it misses the bigger mental game lesson.

What's Worse for Your Brain Than a Concussion?

By Meg Selig on April 12, 2016 in Changepower
Parents now know the possible harms from concussions. But this other common activity could also damage the brains of both young and old—yet it is widely accepted as "normal."

One Incredibly Easy Way to Improve Your Emotional Regulation

A new study from Harvard University has identified one easy way to improve emotional regulation and positive emotions.

When My Brain Says Yes but My Body Says No

How you can train without moving.
Dr. Jim Taylor with permission

5 Attitudes You Need for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 05, 2016 in The Power of Prime
The dictionary definition of attitude is “The way you think and feel about something.” You hold attitudes about your sport that have a direct impact on how you perform.

How “Tracking” Can Actually Help Disadvantaged Students

A new Brookings Brown Center education report shows that "tracking" can actually be used as a tool for greater fairness in helping disadvantaged students.

Resolving Disputes About Playing Time

Implementation of a Performance Evaluation System combats the primary source of conflict between youth sport coaches and parents.

People Are Polygynous

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on March 17, 2016 in Pura Vida
We are a peculiar species, neither "naturally" promiscuous, nor monogamous. Rather, we're both polygynous and polyandrous; here's some of the evidence for polygyny.

The Psychology Of Getting Anyone to Like You

How can you use knowledge to better connect with your kids, your colleagues, or in a job interview?

Harbaugh's Coaching Genius Strikes Again

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on March 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Jim Harbaugh is thinking outside of the box, while the rest of college football is just realizing there is a box.

Twelve Hours a World Champion, One More Lesson Learnt

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 01, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
A little story about powerlifting, bodies, and balance.

Are Elite Athletics a Breeding Ground for Eating Disorders?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 21, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are elite athletics a paradigm of health or a breeding ground for eating disorders? A new study explores the impact of eating disorders in adolescent elite athletes.
Graham Barnes

A Sports Dad’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Great Day

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 in The Power of Prime
We don’t live life in retrospect. If we could look into the future and know how our decisions will turn out, life would be easy…and quite uninteresting.

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger

By Christopher Bergland on February 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research confirms that sustained aerobic exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. This process may improve learning and memory, especially as we age.

Why Study Expertise?

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on February 08, 2016 in Inside Expertise
The study of expertise has implications for psychology, education, coaching, and artificial intelligence. It emphasizes the positive aspects of the human mind.