Essential Reads

Boys Under Pressure

By Adam Price Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Why your son won't do his homework.

Humility and Sports

Sports can be a school for the virtue of humility, but many aren't allowing this to happen. Fortunately, we can change this, if we are intentional about it.

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.
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Why Does Autism Still Exist?

By Barb Cohen on March 07, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Some gene variants associated with autism are also significantly associated with high intelligence. “Smart” genes are advantageous from an evolutionary standpoint, so they persist.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

What Is the Secret to Hillary Clinton's Grit and Resilience?

By Christopher Bergland on November 13, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Regardless of your politics, Hillary Clinton's resiliency cannot be denied. How does she do it? In this post, I've unearthed one fundamental root of Clinton's tenacity and grit.

Muscle Tone Is Sexy, But You Don’t Want To Look Too Buff

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Women athletes need to be fit and strong. Are they happy with their bodies?

What Can We Tell Our Children About the Bully Who Won?

There simply are no answers to our children's questions. What there are, though, are responses—responses that break the collusive silence that tacitly endorses bullying.

A New Term: Human Performance Specialists

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
This new concept integrates the different fields that try to improve mental and physical performance.

The Rise of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in In Excess
Fantasy sports have changed dramatically over the last few years and now include daily versions where people pay to play. But is it a form of gambling or a game of skill—or both?

Memory for Chaos

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on November 09, 2016 in Inside Expertise
A hallmark of experts is that they recall domain-specific meaningful material better than non-experts. A new study shows that this superiority extends to meaningless material.

6 Reasons Why the World Series Matters

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on November 03, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
The fate of the nation does not rest on the outcome, but here's why the World Series is such a meaningful contest, and how it makes us better and even improves our country.

The Wage Gap and Sexual Competition

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in The Human Beast
A persistent wage gap in pay between men and women is often interpreted as clear evidence of gender discrimination. Another interpretation looks at job choice.
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10 Pop-Science Books to Challenge Your Views on Expertise

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on November 02, 2016 in Inside Expertise
Want to know the secret to becoming an expert? 10 of the best page-turners mapping out the road to mastery.

Martial Arts Training Can Help Autism

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 29, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Evidence shows that martial arts training--and activities like horseback riding--focused on physical and mental integration can be effective in improving communication in autism.
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Ten Laws of Prime Training for Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in The Power of Prime
How you use your training time may very well determine how well you perform and whether you achieve your sports goals for the season.

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The New You
You are your kid's most important coach. Learn how performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches help youth athletes and parents to work together to develop talent.
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Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Despite all that so many parents do for their children’s athletic pursuits, they often fail to provide them with the foundation of all of their efforts: perspective.

Music Can Be Rocket Fuel for Turbocharging Your Workouts

By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a source of motivation that inspires you to exercise more and at a higher intensity? If so, a new study confirms that listening to music makes exercise more enjoyable.

The Ageless Inspiration of Activity

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Ever thought you were too old for something? Aging doesn't mean we have to get old. Getting old comes with all sorts of baggage that isn't a requirement of aging.

Do Uniform Colors Matter in Sports?

By Geoff Haddock Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Attitude Check
Does the color of a sports team's uniforms influence how they are perceived and how they behave? A look using archival data from professional sports.

Political Persuasion: Aim for the Heart, Not the Head

So long as a message is emotionally congruent and consistent, both fear and hope can be equally pervasive.

Risky Teenage Behavior Linked to Imbalanced Brain Activity

By Christopher Bergland on October 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study from Dartmouth pinpoints the brain mechanisms linked to risk-taking and impulse control during adolescence. This discovery explains why teenagers are often reckless.
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Five Ways to Get Coaches and Parents on the Same Side

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Across the many sports in which I work, when I ask coaches what their biggest challenge and source of stress is, the overwhelming response is parents.

Your Amygdala May House Both Positive and Negative Memories

By Christopher Bergland on October 17, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Positive and negative memories may be housed in specific regions of the amygdala, according to a new mice study. These findings offer many clues for overcoming negativity and fear.

Coping With Hormonal Ups and Downs

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in How We Do It
Major hormonal changes across the menstrual cycle may influence a woman’s mood, well-being and performance. But apart from PMS side-effects are milder than often thought.

A Presidential Headache: The Concussion Generation

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 12, 2016 in Brain Trauma
The massive numbers of concussions are adding up to a generation of mental health problems. An opportunity awaits the next president, and ironically, it's not that expensive.

The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in What the Luck?
Is success a curse?

Running May Help Repair Some Types of Brain Damage

By Christopher Bergland on October 12, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Aerobic exercise triggers the production of a molecule that can repair some types of brain damage and speeds up communication between brain regions, new study finds.

A Team Approach to Developing Mental Skills

Do you ever get frustrated when other team staff members undermine your messages? Working with coaches around sport psychology can go a long way!
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I Feel Like Going for a Run

By Thomas Webb Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in The Road to Hell
Does how we feel about our progress influence how we pursue our goals?

On Being a Rabid Sports Fan

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
What's behind one super-fan's enthusiasm?

Canine Sports

By The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists on October 04, 2016 in Decoding Your Pet
Is your dog looking for something new to do? Try out one of these fun canine sports. He'll get some mental and physical exercise and you'll get out of the house, too!
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Set Healthy Expectations for Your Young Athlete

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Expectations communicate messages to your children about what’s important to you about their sports participation and establish a standard toward which they can strive.
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Born to Run

By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 04, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Both unstructured play and highly structured sports offer real opportunities for personal growth.