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Goalies Tend to Dive Right in World Cup Penalty Shoot-Outs When Their Team is Behind…Why?

In World Cup penalty shoot-outs, goalies tend to dive right when their team is behind and they have a chance to save the game for their country, according to a study. More

  • As the FIFA World Cup kicks off and the NBA finals “heat” up, new research suggests that there is such a thing as having “too much talent” on a sports team. The research indicates that, after a certain point, the addition of more superstar talent to a team can actually More

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    Sports Teams May Lose Out From Having ‘Too Much Talent’

    As the FIFA World Cup kicks off and the NBA finals “heat” up, new research suggests that there is such a thing as having “too much talent” on a sports team. The research indicates that, after a certain point, the addition of more superstar talent to a team can actually More

  • When study participants were dissatisfied with their team’s performance on Sunday, they also reported a more negative mood on Monday, which was linked with lower engagement and productivity at work. More

    Sunday Sports Lead to Monday Flops

    When study participants were dissatisfied with their team’s performance on Sunday, they also reported a more negative mood on Monday, which was linked with lower engagement and productivity at work. More

  • People are worse at predicting whether a sports team will win, lose, or tie when they bet on the final score than when they bet on the overall outcome, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Examining sports betting data More

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    When Deciding How to Bet, Less Detailed Information May Be Better

    People are worse at predicting whether a sports team will win, lose, or tie when they bet on the final score than when they bet on the overall outcome, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Examining sports betting data More

  • A penalty kick places a goalkeeper at such a disadvantage that only approximately 18% of penalty kicks are saved. However, some soccer fans think goalkeepers might save penalty kicks more easily by standing marginally to the left or right. It turns out they’re right! In an article published in the More

    Goooal! New Study Shows Goalie May Influence Direction of Penalty Kick in Soccer.

    A penalty kick places a goalkeeper at such a disadvantage that only approximately 18% of penalty kicks are saved. However, some soccer fans think goalkeepers might save penalty kicks more easily by standing marginally to the left or right. It turns out they’re right! In an article published in the More

  • Athletes know they should just do their thing on the 18th hole, or during the penalty shootout, or when they’re taking a 3-point shot in the last moments of the game. But when that shot could mean winning or losing, it’s easy to choke. A new article published in Current More

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    Why Do Some Athletes Choke Under Pressure?

    Athletes know they should just do their thing on the 18th hole, or during the penalty shootout, or when they’re taking a 3-point shot in the last moments of the game. But when that shot could mean winning or losing, it’s easy to choke. A new article published in Current More

  • Research on sports and athletic competition suggests that there is scientific support for the idea of a “home field advantage.” More

    A long-range shot of a stadium field, floodlights and seating. A green field, with painted white lines, is visible in the foreground. On the foreground a group of fans is celebrating a goal. In the background are diffuse out-of-focus stadium seats. Large, bright floodlights are in the top-left and top-right corners of the image.

    For Athletes, There’s No Place Like Home

    Research on sports and athletic competition suggests that there is scientific support for the idea of a “home field advantage.” More

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