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Jan 31, 2017

Do athletes perform better when they talk to themselves? Should the talk be motivational or instructional? Positive or negative? Does it work for both novices and experts?



The influence of self-talk on the performance of skilled female tennis players

Self-talk influences vertical jump performance and...

Jan 24, 2017

News: A look at a few recent journal articles. Do soccer players and referees sometimes see an event that never really happened? Can a basketball player detect where a dribbler is headed using sound alone? Is doing exercise in front of a mirror effective?



Seeing the unseen? Illusory causal filling in FIFA...

Jan 17, 2017

Why does the presence of others change the performance of an individual athlete? Why is this social facilitation effect sometimes good and sometimes bad?  Does it matter whether the other people are observing, evaluating or performing the same action? Does being “observed” via activity monitoring...

Jan 10, 2017

Should the goal of practice be to reduce movement variability to as low a value as possible? Is high variability the signature of an unskilled performer or a necessity for effective learning?



A schema theory of discrete motor skill learning

Feedback-Induced Variability and the Learning of Generalized...

Jan 3, 2017

My list of the top 5 sports psychology stories from 2016:

  1. The death knell for brain games?
  2. Deliberate practice fights back!
  3. What to do about the relative age effect?
  4. Advances in Teamwork Research
  5. Somebody’s watching (or monitoring) me



Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

Peak: The New Science of...