Essential Reads

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

Colleges suggest academics comes first, but is that really true?

WOSPs, the Amalfi Coast, and Unstructured Play in Children

Organized Sports Has Killed Unstructured Play in Children

Hunting Bwana the Dentist

What fantasies move a man to ambush an elderly tourist lion?

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

Revealing the keys to success in soccer's do-or-die moment

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

The Courage of a Surfer

By Michael W Austin on July 20, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
A lesson about courage from a man who swam towards a shark.

Tribes Always Triumph

By Paddy Steinfort on July 19, 2015 in Quick Wins
In adversity, tribes support each other in many ways - some of which research has shown increase willpower and resilience

Coliberation

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2015 in On Having Fun
Playing well together

Fixing Tiger Woods' Trainwreck

Maybe instead of trying to dominate the world as he one could, Tiger could invoke the image of his father a la Field of Dreams to "have a catch" with him as he's on the course.

The Espy Award

I was disgusted after reading so many ignorant and hateful comments on social media towards Caitlyn Jenner specifically, and transgender people generally. I learned that many people were really upset that Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, particularly over Lauren Hill, who was a college basketball player who died a few months ago of brain cancer.

Top 5 Signs That Women Are Converging With Men

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 16, 2015 in The Human Beast
Fairly rigid gender divisions of the past are giving way to a much more equal relationship. Women are begin to act, and feel more like men even as men's actions and sensibilities are converging with women What are the unmistakable signs that women are becoming more like men?

10 Lessons I Learned from Little League Baseball

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on July 15, 2015 in Savvy Parenting
Most baseball players strike out 7 of 10 times at bat. Baseball is great preparation for achieving life goals in that it requires perseverance, commitment, determination and frustration tolerance in order to be a great player.Baseball is fantastic way to learn those life skills while having fun.

Rich Roll’s Extreme Flow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 15, 2015 in Brick by Brick
Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete, shares how we do not need to do "everything in moderation" in order to have balanced life. In fact, for many of us, the balance is in the “extreme.

Extraordinary Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 13, 2015 in On Having 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.

The Psychology of Sports Fandom

Sports fan allegiances illustrate basic properties of the self, including bolstering our self-esteem, improving our belongingness with others, and justifying our belief systems. These processes reflect broader human motives that can explain a considerable amount of behavior, ranging from nationalism to vigorously defending economic and religious systems.

What Are the Qualities of Competent Coaches?

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach

How Much Is Your Reputation Really Worth?

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 09, 2015 in Social Instincts
New research explores when your reputation matters ...and when it doesn’t.

Fraudulent Draft Day Fantasies

The lights of the NHL shine bright on draft night and they can easily blind optimal motivation. Sometimes dreams can be so vivid and so emotionally sustaining they leave an individual neglecting to attend to important initiatives and hurdles during the journey.

Is Your “Game Over” or “Job Over?”

Is Your Job Over or Is Your Game Over: learn from the pros.

Women’s World Cup Win: Contributions to Tween Self-Esteem

Each of these players tells a unique story. What bonds them all together is their love of soccer and their desire to be the best. Role models such as the USA Women’s National Soccer team are important for our tweens and teens. Their accomplishments as individuals, and of course, their victory as a team model important lessons.

The Power of Questioning in Sport Coaching

The coaching process continues to evolve. It appears that coaches are increasingly incorporating questioning into their training sessions. This article examines some of the potential benefits of such an approach.

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.

How Does Scent Drive Human Behavior?

Researchers have identified how specific scents can motivate your decision making.

A Workover: Should You Follow Your Passion?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

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?

When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
With some work and awareness, we can be ready to appreciate and learn many things we might otherwise overlook.

Overinvolved Parent of the Week: P Diddy

By John Tauer Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Goal Posts
Sean "Diddy" Combs allegedly attacks UCLA football coach after son's practice

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

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Social Instincts
Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

A St. Louis Cardinal Sin?

By Michael W Austin on June 20, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
All parties in sport should seek to exemplify sportsmanship, whether on the field or via the internet.

Men in Sexist Countries Win More Olympic Medals

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in Social Instincts
A new study challenges the claim that gender equality promotes Olympic success.

Master Your Athletic Frustration

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Every athlete, from juniors to Olympians and pros, has experienced the feeling of frustration when they’re not able to do something, whether physically, technically, tactically, or competitively: you feel stuck, get tense, lose focus, and get discouraged. The best way I can describe the feeling is: AAARRGGHH!! It is a truly infuriating feeling.

How Psychologists Can Help Curb Cheating in Sports

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
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.

Abusing Your Body Through Exercise

Stress and obsession characterize muscle dysphoric disorder.