Essential Reads

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

Olympics Bare Extreme Range of the Human Spirit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While we can aspire to Olympic ideals of decorum we often fail to adhere to their real life practice...a short coming not restricted to high performance athletes, of course.

When Sibling Rivalry Goes Awry

You may remember the days in the not so distant past when you were the envy of friends and family. “Your kids get along so well,” they would gush.

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Want to Build Strength and Gain Muscle? Lift Lighter Weights

If you want to gain physical strength and build muscle—lifting lighter weights can be just as effective as lifting heavy weights, according to a new study.
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Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle Like a Champion

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Confidence is the most important mental muscle because you may have all of the ability to perform your best, if you don’t believe in that ability, you won’t use that ability.

Who's More Likely to Try to Cheat Their Way to the Top?

The dark side of getting ahead involves cheating and sabotaging others. Lab research comparing the two sexes finds the dark side is more likely to be inhabited by men.

One Motivational Technique Really Works (And It's Easy!)

A massive new study has pinpointed the most effective motivational technique for improving performance—and it’s incredibly easy.

Superfluidity: The Science and Psychology of Optimizing Flow

Have you ever had a 'flow' experience that felt as if you were "standing outside yourself"? The science and psychology of 'superfluidity' help to explain the highest tier of flow.

No More Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikinis

Why one group of teens won't be wearing any teenie weenie bikinis this year

Tourist Psychology

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on June 26, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
In the prison of habit the tourist dreams of mind-blowing abandon

The Power of Imagery

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Think Well
While the power of positive thinking is great, the power of positive imagery is often greater. Here are two of the most effective visualization techniques.
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How Athletes Can Take Risks That Pay Off

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in The Power of Prime
It never feels like the right time to take risks in sports because there are risks to taking risks, primarily that of failure. Yet, only by taking risks can athletes find success.

LeBron James: Victorious in Cleveland at Last!

If there’s such a thing as a city's "psyche,” then Cleveland’s just got a boost even greater than their beloved/hated LeBron's returning to Cleveland from South Beach in 2014.

Draymond vs The King

Aggression among apes involves a conspicuous target.
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Take Risks for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Risk taking means pushing your limits, getting out of your comfort zone, and confronting failure, so that, when the risk pays off, you will experience sports success.

Don’t Ignore Kids Who Aren’t Star Athletes

Sport stars usually get lots of attention from their parents. But all children and adolescents need parental attention, love, and support―regardless of their ability.

The Neuroscience of Planning and Navigating Your Daily Life

Stanford researchers have identified how the human brain navigates daily life.

What Is Wisdom? "Wise Reasoning" Has Three Specific Facets

Two recent studies on wisdom help to pinpoint various factors that have historically made legends—such as Muhammad Ali—seem wise to people of all generations.

7 Myths About Concussions

Despite ongoing controversies over head injuries in athletes, misconceptions regarding concussions persist–which can prevent players from getting appropriate treatment.

Psyche of a Gymnast

By Laura M Miele Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in The Whole Athlete
How can gymnasts who hit mental roadblocks overcome their fear and performance anxiety?

Popular Sociopathways

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Some of us act like life is war, no room for negotiation, as if we won't survive unless we compete as aggressively as possible. How do we get like this? And could it happen to you?

Don't Say Cheese: Harbaugh Photo Ops

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on June 06, 2016 in Obesely Speaking
Understanding the NCAA, Harbaugh, satellite camps, and football recruiting at the D1 level.

Infinite Perfectability

By Bernard L. De Koven on June 06, 2016 in On Having Fun
"A game is the voluntary acceptance of rules that require you do do something inefficiently." - Bernard Suits

Sports Betting Via Smartphones

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 01, 2016 in In Excess
Mobile phone betting provides convenience and flexibility, and from a gaming operator’s perspective, provides gambling on the move. The future of sports gambling is here already.
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3 Keys to Making Mental Training Work in Sports

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Athletes and coaches tell me that the mind is as or more important than the physical and technical side of sports. Yet, in reality, it is woefully under-appreciated and neglected.

Debate Like It's 2028

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Ambigamy
Debates aren't won in the present but the future when outcomes are revealed. Here's a quick tip on how to shift a debate's focus to the future and what really counts.

No. 1 Reason Having Vivid Dreams Benefits Your Brain

A groundbreaking study has identified—for the first time—a direct causal link between rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and memory formation.
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5 Mental Tools for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Power of Prime
These five mental tools enable you to focus them entirely on what you need to do to perform your best when it counts most, namely, in your biggest competitions of the season.

Modern Lives are Weird!

By Richard Bailey Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Smart Moves
Inactivity is the new normal, and there is a serious price to be paid for this change. For the first time in recorded history, children have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Mental Health Initiatives for Athletes Still Lacking

Sports psychology often targets improved performance, not mental health

Brain Drain: Breaking Down the Concussion Injury

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on May 18, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Most people don't respect the dynamics of a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Herein, breaking down the neurology so we can all give the injury its credit.

Is It Important for Athletes to Have Fun?

By Warrick Wood MSc. on May 12, 2016 in The Coach-Athlete Relationship
Are your athletes getting the most out of training sessions? Incorporating a little fun can go a long way.
Dr. Jim Taylor, with permission

5 Mental “Muscles” for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in The Power of Prime
You should think about your mind as made up of ‘mental muscles’, the same way you think about your body and its physical muscles. y