Research done in Psychological Science provides support for something sports fans have long suspected: When athletes feel the pressure, their performance suffers.
Even when young competitors show tremendous promise in a specialized sport, they’re likely to emerge better adult athletes if they take a more multidisciplinary approach.
Psychological scientists have identified what distinguishes the athletes that made it to Winter Olympics, and what predicts their chances of standing on the medal podium.
A sunny day or the fact that your favorite sports team unexpectedly won yesterday won’t improve your chances of winning the lottery and yet they might increase the likelihood that you’ll buy a ticket.
On the Monday following a big football game, fans of the losing team seem to load up on saturated fats and sugars, whereas supporters of the winning team opt for healthier foods.
Researchers find that the amount of practice accumulated over time does not seem to play a huge role in accounting for individual differences in skill or performance.
From football to blackjack, simply detecting an error in judgement may not be enough to alter behavior.
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.
If the NFL team you hate the most is in the Super Bowl, take heart. Psychological science suggests that a rival team’s win may improve your team’s motivation and performance next season.
Recruiting high-level talent may seem like a sure way to win, but bringing together the most talented individuals doesn't seem to guarantee the best possible team performance.
Research on sports and athletic competition suggests that there is scientific support for the idea of a “home field advantage.”
It might seem as though some players are on a streak, with their chances of success getting better with every shot they take. But the data suggest otherwise.
Players' superstitious rituals may seem silly but research shows that having some kind of lucky token can actually improve performance – by increasing self-confidence.
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
One way players might be able to improve their chances at making key shots is by tricking themselves into thinking the goal, the basket, or the target is bigger than it really is.
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
How do great rivalries in sports and business drive the performance of the competitors? A recent study provides some answers.
An experiment involving fans of Major League Baseball's most intense rivals unearths a particularly troubling aspect of finding pleasure in others' pain.