Essential Reads

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Your brain adapts to the tools you use based on how they feel

Student-Athlete...or Athlete-Student?

Colleges suggest academics comes first, but is that really true?

Recent Posts on Sport and Competition

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

The New Psychology of Catching Liars

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 Ulterior Motives
If you travel frequently, then you have probably endured more than one security screening interview at an airport. At passport control, for example, border agents ask a few questions, stare at your passport, check you on electronic databases, and then send you on your way.

Athletes and the Spiral of Silence

Do sports journalists intimidate athletes into silence?

Generations Divided

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on February 21, 2015 The Prime of Life
We live in a society acutely conscious of age. Ours is also an intensely age segregated society that denigrates whole groups of people based on their age.

Use Curiosity to Hook New Friends

“Curiosity hooks” act as silent invitations for people to initiate conversations.

Play! Run! Skip! 20 Ways to Keep Kids Active

Physically active kids are not only happier and healthier, but they’re also smarter. They do better on measures of academic success, well-being, self-confidence, creativity, intelligence, attention, and more. They grow into happier, healthier, more productive adults. What can you do to help ensure your child reaps all these benefits?

Impulse Control Can Work Against You

When “I shouldn’t” becomes “I can’t,” we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves that interfere, not only with our self-development, but with our basic happiness.

Pressure at the Academy Awards

Most people perform below their capability in a pressure moment.

Why You Need a Book Doctor

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 Creating in Flow
Before I hired a book doctor or would take the idea seriously, two or three interested agents had to urge me to get editing help. A new guidebook answers some of the many questions I had about paying for such help.

Top 5 Questions About Psychology and Sports

There is a surprisingly large amount of research on the psychology of sports. Here are the top 5 questions that are asked about the psychology of sports.

The Psychology of Brian Williams

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2015 Addiction in Society
Brian Williams' transgressions result from a key source of male insecurity—not playing on the high school football team. Some men may never overcome this "shortcoming" no matter how famous and admired they become.

Where do obesity myths originate?

Food and beverage companies' role in obesity

Physics and Poetry: A Polymath’s Creative Strategy

Where do successful individuals find inspiration and energy to do the things they do? Some may harbor their forces, focused on a single passion. Yet others take on multiple problems or even multiple careers. What? They let a hobby eat up their time? They split their energies between two careers? How does that enable success?

Who's Telling The Truth?

By Russ Gerber on February 13, 2015 Our Health
What will be your impact on the moral atmosphere?

One Simple Mood-Boosting Trick

Harnessing the mind-body connection can instantly change your mood. Here's how in 5 simple steps.

The Hipster, the Bearded Ape, and God

By Hector A Garcia Psy.D. on February 11, 2015 Alpha God
Most hipsters and other bearded types walk about sporting their facial coiffures unaware of their evolved purpose. But the allure of beards is rooted in the violent past of male mate competition.

Learning to Enjoy Life by Watching Dogs

Research shows us that owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Dog lovers know that dogs teach ways of living that we might want to emulate. Watching your canine friend—or someone else’s—and imitate some of their behaviors. This can be your guide to improving moods and learning to enjoy life more.

The Missing Link Between Psychology and Biology

By Warren W Tryon Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 The Missing Link
How does psychology influence biology? How does biology influence psychology? Read on to find an answer.

Plato Said Knock You Out

How martial arts cultivates character and challenges the mind.

Creativity in Centerfield

This is an account of authentic creativity in the everyday sport of baseball. Joe Dimaggio's creative catching in the outfield is illustrated

Revisited: Why Are Spree Killers Mostly Men?

How Elliot Rodger's Writings Stunningly Mirror the Ultimate Causality of Rampage Killing

Dismiss Pollyanna

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 How To Do Life
Beware of people who cheer you on with Pollyannish optimism.

Je Suis Ferguson?

By Hogan M Sherrow Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 You Evolving
Muslim jihadists, police, and the nature of xenophobic violence.

The Social Psychology of Radicalization and Extremism

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 Naturally Selected
What causes young Muslims to radicalize and what should Western governments do to prevent it? Some relevant insights from social psychological theories of group polarization into radicalization and political extremism and some antidotes.

Deadly Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 A Swim in Denial
The “American Sniper” phenomenon is breaking box office records. It's not just a war movie. The publicity machine is cranking, but something doesn’t feel right. What does it mean to “snipe” anyway? And why should a sniper-hero fascinate us? And for that matter, why do we have so much trouble thinking about it?

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You At Risk?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on February 06, 2015 Brain Trauma
Every person’s brain has a different threshold for absorbing hits before causing a concussion. A number of factors influence how vulnerable your brain is to concussion, which is a brain injury that can lead to dangerous cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Here are those factors.

Facebook 101: Smart Social Media for College Students

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 06, 2015 Creative Synthesis
How, not whether, to use Facebook and other social networking sites may be key to improving college students' emotional well-being.

5 Research-Backed Reasons We Wear Makeup

Today's cosmetics are not as arbitrary as they might seem.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

Ashley Graham's Curves versus James Brown's Moves

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 05, 2015 Overcoming Pain
We, men and women, boys and girls, should not feel compelled to strive for perfection, but we should care about our bodies. My concern is that the embracing of curves will be a substitute for taking care of oneself, for fighting the sedentary life that seems to envelop so many of us, and for not giving up on the effort it takes to exercise.