Essential Reads

The Autism-Genius Connection

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 11, 2017 in The Human Beast
Some people are exceptionally good at focusing on rarefied abstract problems. Some of these have exceptionally high IQ. Some are autistic. Some are both.

Swearing Can Boost Strength and Reduce the Sensation of Pain

New research on the benefits of swearing out loud suggests that Mark Twain was right when he said, "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

Phone Down and Fitness Up: Tread Carefully With Your Phone

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Screen Time
If you are planning to hit it the gym more as the weather warms, try leaving the phone in a locker. You might be surprised to learn that it can impede your workout.

High Quality Teaching Boosts Learning in Young Athletes

“In the end, it’s about teaching . . . Teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.” John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach

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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.

And the Winner Is... Miss Universe 2016

By Hilary Levey Friedman Ph.D. on December 21, 2015 in Playing to Win
Why are so many people (especially non-pageant fans) fascinated by the mis-crowning?

How to Start a Play Committee in Your Community

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 19, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
People of all ages love to play and all you have to do to build a play community is find the playful folks around you.

12 Days of Non-Tech Gift Giving

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 19, 2015 in Mental Wealth
Get "real" toys this year! Here are 12 gift categories for children that encourage imagination, bonding, movement, and of course loads of family fun.
Jake Barnes

Psychological Rehab After Sports Injury

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 in The Power of Prime
When athletes get injured, their minds get damaged too, yet little attention is paid to the importance of “mental rehab” to a complete and timely recovery and return to sport.

My Advice to a Baseball Player in a Slump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
Lessons that may apply to any of us that are on a bad streak.
Mitchell Gunn, used with permission

An Olympic Champion’s Holiday Gift #2: Fight

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 14, 2015 in The Power of Prime
It’s normal to get nervous before a competition, particularly a big one. You’re putting all of your efforts on the line and you want to succeed really badly.
Mitchell Gunn with permission

An Olympic Champion’s 3 Holiday Gifts: #1 is Disappointment

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 11, 2015 in The Power of Prime
No one likes to be disappointed. Your heart aches for the opportunity lost. But not allowing yourself to feel disappointed is another opportunity lost and a lesson not learned.

How Important are Mental Components of Success?

Sports psychologists think mental aspects of performance are so critical, they make careers out of it.

Demystifying Sport Concussion Baseline Testing

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 08, 2015 in Brain Trauma
While the controversial movie "Concussion" draws attention, one important preseason test plays an important supporting role. Here's the bottom line on baseline testing.

Giving Parkinson's Disease a Kung Fu Kick

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
Physical activity--like martial arts training--can serve an important rehabilitative role in neurological disorders. Tai chi training can give Parkinson's a good ol' kung fu kick.

Yoga for Stress Relief

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on December 08, 2015 in Urban Survival
Find out how you can use yoga for stress relief.

The Secret to Great Leadership

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on December 07, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Strong leaders agree on one thing: When it comes to great leadership, the first principle is “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this a step further.

Letter from a Former Olympian Who Needs a Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
Even most medalists struggle after The Games. Bu there are good options.