Essential Reads

The Shot Clock and the Body Clock

How circadian rhtyhms win basketball games

March Madness

Why you should consider mental health services when choosing a college

The Bourgeois Revolution

Our fantasies and expectations about family life arose two centuries ago

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

When creativity turns malevolent, you'll want to stay out of its way

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Are You a Debbie Downer?

Some people see the glass as totally empty, most of the time. What makes a Debbie Downer so negative, and what can you do if suspect you are one?

The Two Greatest Motivators for Students

By Tim Elmore on January 22, 2015 in Artificial Maturity
In a world that’s saturated with stimulants—video, music, chemicals, images, social media, meds, and digital content—it’s increasingly difficult to motivate or inspire students.

How Evolutionary Science Can Make Us Morally Better

Because morality is so important, we ought to make sure that we're doing it right. Evolutionary science can help us with that.

Compete Like You Train or Train Like You Compete?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 20, 2015 in The Power of Prime
One of the first questions that I ask athletes and coaches I work with is: Should you compete like you train or train like you compete? By far, the most frequent response is: You should compete like you train. This answer seems perfectly reasonable if you think about it. When you train, you’re relaxed, feel no pressure, and are only focused on performing your best.

How to Have a Well-Behaved Child, Part 3

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on January 19, 2015 in Pride and Joy
Self-regulation, especially in childhood, is not learned well from consequences or punishment. The threat of punishment has its place, but it is a small part of learning discipline and self-control.

10 Ways to Overcome Fear of Missing Out

In our previous blog we addressed the concept of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and the dangers of being possessed by this insidious condition. In this posting we are offering ten valuable practices that are guaranteed to help to free you from the grip of FOMO and to enhance the quality of your relationships as well as the overall quality of well-being in your life.

Why Writing Matters

At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to do. Often, surprisingly, it's writing.

Painkillers and the NFL: Why the Players Sued

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on January 13, 2015 in Brain Babble
The legalities of the claim that the NFL got their players addicted to painkillers will likely be argued for a long time. But the questions remain: why are prescription opioids used so often for pain relief, and why are they so addictive?

Neuroscientists Identify How Mindset Alters Pain Perceptions

By Christopher Bergland on January 13, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified a specific brain pathway that makes independent contributions to perceptions of pain and can be altered by changes in mindset.

The Effects of Psychology on Athletic Performance

Understanding of psychology’s effect on athletic performance has broadened with increased study in the field of athletics at both the university and professional levels. Numerous psychological influences on athletic performance have been discovered, including many that are subconscious.

Charles Darwin's Daily Walks

What Charles Darwin's daily walk did for his mind

6 Tips for Dealing With Passive-Aggressive People

Are you dealing with someone who’s passive-aggressive in your life? Relating to a passive-aggressive person can be a difficult experience, with many moments of frustration, anger, and despair. How can you stay on top of the situation and maintain your equanimity? Here are keys to successfully handle passive-aggressive personal relationships...

Using Technology to Motivate Fitness: 5 Apps to Try

Does the first of the year motivate you to think about your mental and physical health? It does for me. Technology can help. Instead of joining a gym you won’t attend, try one of the five mobile apps that I’ve found helpful. None of them are free, but compared to the cost of a gym membership, they're a bargain!

Are You Psychologically Ready to Retire?

The key questions here are: Will you be happier retired or working? Will you be psychologically and physically healthier retired or working? Are you psychologically prepared to retire? Will you live longer if you retire?

Crisis of Confidence

Confidence when poorly defined and poorly understood can be both arrogant and ignorant. Not a great combination when high performance is the goal. “Positive of victory.” A quaint wish. Perhaps a nice pop psychology mantra. Performance confidence at its truest, is likely more honest than this statement.

Does Processing Language Differently Mean More Efficiently?

Current research is helping us understand in what way bilinguals are different from monolinguals when they process language and in what way they are similar. But where does efficiency come in? An example is taken from a study that has received world wide attention just recently.

How to Win

Smart effort is a good thing. It might well win Urban Meyer another national championship. But he learned the hard way that bottomless, pull-your-hair-out effort produces more stress than success.

There Is Nothing Either Good or Bad But Thinking Makes It So

Lack of empathy is the black hole in our social relations.

In Tragedy, Putting Sports in Perspective

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in The Power of Prime
When young people lose their lives in sports, it is a bracing slap in the face about why we are involved in sports and a reminder about what is really important (and it’s not the results!). Let’s honor them by keeping sports in perspective as a marvelous part of life, but not life itself.

Redefining Success in 2015: How Much Is Enough?

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on January 07, 2015 in The Leader's Code
The desire for success is a universal phenomenon. Yet, many of us forget to ask ourselves some critical questions before embarking on this pursuit.

Finding Courage by Accepting Vulnerability

"The kick is no good!" As the announcer's shocked voice was heard across the nation Stanford's star kicker Jordan Williamson's life was drastically altered.

10 Surprising Facts About Failure

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
You cannot always control whether you fail in life but you can and need to control how you respond once you do.

Active Rewards

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on January 06, 2015 in In Excess
Research appears to indicate that at times of psychological and/or emotional hardship, some habitual exercisers engage in such activity as a form of escape. The reliance on exercise as a means of coping with adversity has the potential become to become addictive. I and some colleagues carried out the first ever national study on exercise addiction - but what did we find?

The Secret to Staying Engaged at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Glue
Within a knowledge economy, productivity and time off are no longer incompatible. Quite the opposite. Allowing yourself the opportunity to recover is a requirement for producing great work.

The Top Innovations We Should've Seen in 2014

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on January 05, 2015 in Innovation You
Of course these are just the beginning. What about a reverse crowd-sourcing app that takes money away from people with stupid ideas? Because for every Kickstarter, we also need a Kickstopper.

Are You Good Enough? New Year's Resolutions And Objectivity

By Elizabeth R Thornton on January 05, 2015 in The Objective Leader
Are you Good Enough? How to Avoid the Set-up and Make New Year's Resolutions….Objectively!

How To Spot and Stop Narcissists

Pathological narcissists often come across as grandiose, egotistical, manipulative, self-absorbed, and highly conceited. It's not easy when you have such an individual in your personal or professional life. How can you spot and stop a narcissist? Here are seven important keys...

Why You and Your Siblings May Still Be Rivals

No matter how much siblings love each other, they’re bound to have their share of conflict, often over the attention of their parents. Whether you’re a sibling, or a parent of one, you know that sibling rivalry is real. Here are some insights to help you understand where it comes from and what the effects of parental favoritism can be over time.

What Will Work Look Like In The Year 2030?

By Ray Williams on January 02, 2015 in Wired for Success
So the work world of 2030 will be significantly different than it is today. It will no longer be business as usual, and no longer be work as usual. Be prepared for a rough but exciting ride.