Essential Reads

Why Do Animal Tragedies Go Viral?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Animals and Us
A new study investigates why the death of Cecil the Lion became an instant world-wide internet sensation.

Chimps Like Us: Baby, We Were Born to Run

New research shows that humans became large-brained, large-bodied animals through natural selection. Running appears to have helped us fuel brain growth.

The Wisdom of “Bull Durham”

The return of baseball season brings reminders of an astonishing movie with lessons that reach far beyond the ballfield.

Men's Lives: The Confluence, Fly-Fishing, Tall Tales and Art

The Confluence, a new book about men's lives, reminds us that life's most rewarding journeys don't have to involve danger or loss.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

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 How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with John F. Murray.

Practice Is the Foundation of Athletic Success

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.

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Do We Really Practice Yoga in the West?

What kind of yoga do we practice in the West? Is it a physical exercise or the original spiritual practice?

Jackie Robinson Day And Diversity in Major League Baseball

It's important to reflect on the importance of honoring and celebrating Jackie Robinson's efforts and career but also to pause and consider how far things have truly progressed.

Put the “Student” First in Student-Athlete Concussion Care

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on April 14, 2016 Brain Trauma
Concussions and the classroom: Is it OK to send an injured student-athlete back to school? We need to re-orient our priority for a safe, effective "return-to-learn."

Five Mental Obstacles That Prevent Sport Success

Mental obstacles refer to any psychological or emotional issue that interferes with your ability to perform your best consistently in the biggest competitions of your life.

Why “Macho” Leadership Still Thrives

By Ray Williams on April 13, 2016 Wired for Success
Global economic uncertainty and the spike in terrorism has created a resurgence of populist attraction to authoritarianism and “macho” leaders.

What's a Parent to Do? The Advice Edge

How do you discuss your child's performance with them? The timing and content are important for good results. This applies to our own performance, too.

7 Things Parents Can Do at the End of a Sports Season

The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes.

The Day My Friend Took Adderall Before a Track Meet

During the warm-up I remember making a comment about how he looked locked in and he replied, “thanks, I scored some Adderall for the first time to give me an extra boost too.”

Sleep, Lifestyle Factors Affect Concussion Risk, Recovery

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on April 04, 2016 Brain Trauma
Post-concussion recovery guidelines include "relative rest;" Plus to understand how concussions affect sleep, you have to look at all 5 factors that affect risk and recovery.

Aiming to Please (the Janitor): a Field Experiment

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on April 01, 2016 Consumed
New insights on scoring in the men's room

What’s the Secret to Staying Forever Young?

A new study has identified an extreme subgroup of people who show incredible resilience to the signs of aging.

Positive Mood Makes People Gamble More

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 Ulterior Motives
In order to take a risk, you have to feel as though that risk will pay off in some way.

Aha! Aerobic Exercise Facilitates the Free Flow of Thought

Albert Einstein once said of E=mc2, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." There is growing empirical and anecdotal evidence that aerobic exercise stimulates "Aha!" moments.

What Do You Tell Your Team the Night Before the Big Game?

It's the night before the big game. What do you tell your team?

Sports and the Postgame Handshake

At the end of the game, should we always, without exception, attempt to shake the hands of our opponents?

Can Kobe Bryant Rebound From Retirement?

Old age can come sooner for professional athletes. Often with millions of dollars in the bank, and time on your hands, this presents a psychological challenge: how to retire.

Can Psychology Explain the Sharapova Doping Controversy?

In 2006, testosterone was the single most-common banned substance detected in urine tests at World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratories.

Michael Phelps and the Romance of Archetypal Heroic Journeys

The top swimmer's daily habits illustrate what it takes to become an Olympic champion. His new "Rule Yourself" ad campaign offers an intimate glimpse inside his personal journey.

Forget About Superman, What About Batman V Batgirl?

Skill and achieved abilities are the great levelers between the sexes and across all. Even between Batgirl and Batman.

Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 07, 2016 Brain Trauma
Identifying emotional health during concussion baseline tests may not be expected. But they should be. Using unique "facial affect" recognition, we can help avoid major drama.

Advice For a Champion

Top human Go (baduk) player faces artificial intelligence this week. Our advice to the champion for taming the beast: Play as usual.

4 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Play Sports

As any parent of young athletes knows, having your children participate in sports can be a real hassle.

Neurofeedback Illuminates Personalized Ways to Self-Motivate

Neuroscientists have developed a new method for pinpointing exactly what thoughts and images motivate a specific individual.

Book Brings Development and Attachment to Youth Sports

Instead of telling parents what to do, our book, Raising Your Game, is based on lives of true experts, those who have experienced sports at every level.

How to Manage Competition in a Chaotic World

What do resilient leaders and Olympic athletes have in common? They both leverage the same key strategy to manage competition in ambiguous times.