Essential Reads

“That Decision Wasn’t Made There”

By Scott M. Stanley Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Sliding vs. Deciding
When it comes to commitment, timing may not be everything but it's a lot of the things. This insight from a sports commentator of Super Bowl XII is not just about football.
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Failing Forward

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
One of the great things about sports is the imparting of important life lessons. And many of those lessons relate directly to one’s character.

MLK and Michael Phelps: What's the Recipe for Success?

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 16, 2018 in Shape Parenting
No matter the field—academics, athletics, the arts or activism—some children in varied pursuits grow up to be adults who excel. Here's how parents help to make that happen.

Football Fans, Political Partisans, and Evolutionary Forces

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on January 07, 2018 in Caveman Politics
Football fans and political partisans may be motivated by the same forces that motivated humans' ancestors.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

Break the Chain of Frustration

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Frustration is typically defined an emotional reaction that arises when the path toward a goal is blocked and can’t be readily cleared.

Dispelling the Nothing

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Boost!
Imagery techniques should consistently be used during downtime to enhance our performance of daily tasks.

Are We Taking Concussions Too Seriously?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 11, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Taking "a hard hit" is a sign of toughness. But is pulling yourself out of action still seen as "weakness?" Dr. Harry Kerasidis explains why concussions deserve our attention.

The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book argues that cooperation rather than competition between humans and wolves was important in wolves becoming dogs. The dumpster scavenging belief is dealt a serious blow.

Johns Hopkins Brain Maps Show Why It Can Be So Hard to Stop

By Christopher Bergland on December 07, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins University have identified why it's so hard to "Stop!" once your brain has given your body the green light to "go."
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What You Should Do for Yourself as a Sport Parent

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Power of Prime
What you think, feel, and do as an active participant in your children’s athletic lives influences how much they enjoy their sports and how well they perform.
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You Can Love Your Country and Still Take a Knee

We are more divided than ever. The controversy over "taking a knee" and honoring our country reflects how we confuse signs and symbols. Here's a better way to think about it.
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Create Your Ideal Sports Training and Competitive Focus

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Focus is so important to athletic success because you if you’re not focused, you have little chance of doing the things that will enable you to perform your best.
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Teach Your Young Athletes Healthy Sports Values: Part II

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The valuable messages you send to your kids as they immerse themselves in sports contribute significantly to the values that will shape who they become and the lives they lead.

Coaching Is What You Do, It's Not Who You Are

Tips for finding balance as a coach in sport
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Send Healthy Messages to Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in The Power of Prime
You want to make sure that the messages you send to them will encourage them to enjoy their sports participation, perform their and best, achieve their athletic goals.
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Reach Your Ideal Sport Intensity

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Somewhere between sleep and terror you perform your best. Some perform best really relaxed, others medium intense, and still others super fired up.

Is Exercise the Secret to Keeping Weight Off?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 15, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Is exercise the secret to keeping weight off long-term? The news headlines tell us yes but the research tells a different story.

Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.

The Power of the Little White Lie

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boost!
Though a moral quandary may exist, paradoxical reframing techniques often rely on “bending the truth.”

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.
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Values in Youth Sports: Part I

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The values that you instill in your children as part of their sports experiences have a huge impact on every aspect of their lives. on and off the field of play.
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Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful
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Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle for Sports Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in The Power of Prime
You should think of confidence as a muscle. It can be strong, weak, or injured. And to make it as strong as it can be, you must train it, just like you train your physical muscles.

Retiring the Dreyfus Five-Stage Model of Expertise

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
The Dreyfus five-stage model of expertise claims that novices begin with tactical rules, but in many tasks that doesn't happen and in other tasks trainees get stuck in procedures.

The Curious Case of Rick Ankiel

Baseball pitcher Rick Ankiel developed a case of the pitching yips. The concept of social facilitation helps explain it.

6 Ps for Sports Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The area that will probably make the biggest difference in whether you perform your best occurs before you even enter the field of play, namely, your attitude toward your sport.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.

What I Learned as a Sport Psychologist at the World Series

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in The New You
Looking to "hit a home run" in your next meeting?

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.
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Kaepernick's Taking a Knee

Time to reflect is perhaps more important now than ever.

"I'm Sorry If I Caused Offense": How Not to Apologize

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 29, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Yuli Gurriel's apology for a racial slur was a pseudo-apology. Here's how to make it right.

Why You Should Job Hunt This Holiday Season

It may seem counterintuitive, but now is a good time to job hunt. You may stand out among the crowd, while employers finally make time for hiring matters.

Building a Better Man

Why do conversations with men need to come from the side?