Essential Reads

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

View Concussion as a “Brain Sprain”

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on September 20, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Defining concussions gets a variety of answers, so neurologist Harry Kerasidis outlines the brain injury and symptoms, by comparing it to the common ankle sprain.

Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.

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.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

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.
Dr. Jim Taylor

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

What's Happening When Dogs Play Tug-of-War? Dog Park Chatter

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 06, 2016 in Animal Emotions
When dogs play tug-of-war, there's a lot more going on than competition.

Even In Polluted Cities, Walking and Biking Are Good For You

Even if you live in a polluted city, a new study reports that the health benefits of walking or biking—as a form of transportation—outweigh the risks of breathing air pollution.

What Happened to the Biggest Losers Won't Happen to You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 04, 2016 in Cravings
Worried about the Biggest Losers and their regained weight? Don't be; competitive weight loss probably has nothing to do with you.

Pause During Your Workout to Get Better Results

More rest between weight lifting sets courts bigger potential for growth, confirming the importance of pausing and pacing — in all things. Even exercise.

Gimme a Break! You Can Get Stronger, Without Working Harder

Are you feeling weak and lazy? If so, I have good news. Scientists have identified a way to increase muscle mass without having to exert any effort.

Perfect Practice for Softball (And Sports)

Is your practice full of reps? It shouldn't be.

Turn the Lights Off When You Stay

Two outbreaks of eye injury were recently reported by the CDC. The outbreaks shared one key thing in common – broken lights.

How Could 60 Seconds of Intense Exercise Change Your Life?

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to exercise regularly? If so, a new study reports that you can reap the benefits of a longer workout in just 60 seconds.

Lessons for All of Us from a Sports Psychologist

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with John F. Murray.
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Practice Is the Foundation of Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in The Power of Prime
To be the best athlete you can be, you must be serious about your practice in every area that impacts your athletic performances—physical, technical, and mental.