Essential Reads

Great Performers Are Born AND Made

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Different pursuits have specific neurological, physiological, and musculoskeletal requirements and if you're not born with those, all of the training in the world won't help.

Psychology of Peak Performance, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Boundless
Endurance athletes teach lessons about mental toughness for everyone.

Grit, Talent, and Character

Talent and grit combine to influence individual performance, but for teams performing under high-stakes, high-stress conditions, other character attributes are necessary additions.

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

Why Do Pro Footballers Disdain Artificial Turf?

Research shows that playing style is different on artificial turf.

Grappling with Disabilities

By David J Ley Ph.D. on February 20, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People with disabilities can not only participate, but thrive, in the growing world of Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Mind Over Brain--Your Will Must Be Stronger Than Your Skill

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
There is a line separating doing all we can from doing all we will accept.

Does Breed Popularity Go Up After A Dog Wins At Westminster?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 in Animals and Us
The Westminster Dog Show is the canine equivalent of the Miss America Contest. It is widely believed that a win is usually followed by a spike in breed popularity. But is it true?

Synchronized Brain Activity and Superfluidity Are Symbiotic

By Christopher Bergland on February 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study has pinpointed how synchronized brain waves coordinate the function of various brain regions. The synchronization of various brain waves is the key to peak performance.

Let the Kids Sleep

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 18, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
New data links stressed and drowsy teenagers to dangers and disorders.

Why the Bond Between Straight Gals and Gay Guys Is Special

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on February 13, 2016 in Head Games
A new study explains why the friendship between straight women and gay men is so strong — and unique. In a word, trust.

"Interpersonal Synchrony" is Vital to Harmonious Matchmaking

By Christopher Bergland on February 10, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study on "interpersonal synchrony" has pinpointed the optimal ingredients for creating harmonious partnerships.

Computer Program Beats European Go Champion

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on February 09, 2016 in Inside Expertise
The Asian game of Go had long been considered out of reach for artificial intelligence. Not anymore! The success of AlphaGo confirms the role of pattern recognition in expertise.

Blake Griffin's Mea Culpa

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on February 05, 2016 in Just Listen
How Blake Griffin could earn back the trust of fans and supporters after being a bully

What James Bond Teaches Us About Life

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2016 in The Act of Violence
What can we learn about toughness from James Bond? Use these five tools for more mental and physical stamina.

Alone Together and Going Downhill

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 05, 2016 in Play in Mind
Skiers who tune in tune out of the social side of skiing; insulated and cocooned this way, they miss attunement itself—a vital communal component of play.

Cam Newton Walks, Chews Gum, and Throws Touchdown Passes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
We've all known people who "can't walk and chew gum at the same time." Here's why Cam Newton can do all that and more.

Cam, Class, and Color

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 01, 2016 in Minority Report
Have you wondered why Cam Newton is getting so much vitriol and attention as he will soon make his first Superbowl appearance? Well some believe it's because he's Black....

How Wives Contest The Australian Open Men’s Tennis Final

Their investigation found married players suffered a significant decrease in ranking points between the year before getting married, and the year after...

An Open Religious Market

Religions in America must adapt to changing conditions in order to survive in a competitive marketplace.

Creating an Exercise Health Habit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
What's the shortest commitment you need to create a positive health habit? It's less and more than you think.
Patrick Cohn

Every Day Can Be a Good Day of Sports Training

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in The Power of Prime
One of the most frequent comments I hear from the athletes I work with is: “I had a lousy day of training.” This statement is accompanied by bad-feeling emotions.

Running IS Meditation

By Ben Michaelis Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 in The Creative Imperative
Running is not about running for me anymore. It's meditation.

Simple Tips to Enhance Training Effectiveness

Could your team's trainings be more effective? A few simple tips can help!

Should We Protect Our Kids From the Stress of Youth Sports?

By Garth Sundem on January 12, 2016 in Brain Trust
Kids sobbed as they exited the climbing competition through what my wife aptly named the “Tunnel of Tears”. And into this mix, we send our kind, humble 9-year-old?

Grit Revisited

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on January 09, 2016 in Head Strong
Does grit apply at the team level, and is team or collective grit more than the sum of the grit scores of the individuals who comprise the team?

The Psychology of Going to War

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 in Out of the Ooze
War is a male activity; organized fighting and killing by groups of women has simply not existed anywhere, ever. Does war really boil down to guys trying to "get the girl?"

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #3: Risk

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Risk taking is essential for success in sports. You just can’t play it safe and expect to win. Taking risks can mean the difference between goals achieved and hopes dashed.

Risk, Reality, and Croquet in the Age of Alarm

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 in Play in Mind
...we do, in fact, now live in a healthier, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, and more secure world than ever.

Community Service: Teens Make Great Play Advocates

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 03, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Teens have helped with community play activities from the beginning. They are energetic and creative, plus young children look up to them.

Love What You Do, Pour Your Heart Into It and You'll Succeed

By Christopher Bergland on December 31, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need some motivation to kick-start your New Year's Resolutions? In this blog post, Christopher Bergland shares his personal story of becoming a Guinness World Record holder.

Disciplinary Problems and Bullying in Youth Sports

Removal from sports is a last resort that should occur only after reasonable efforts have been made to correct the problem.

Concussion: Psychotherapy for Football

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on December 27, 2015 in Reel Therapy
This movie lays out the crisis in football. What is this threat and how can it be psychologically adapted to?

Let's Stop Using the Word "Disabled" To Limit People

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
There is no such thing as a category of "able" and and another of "disabled". All areas of human achievement span a continuum of ability and performance.