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How Rooting for a Rival Could Help Your Team

Why would you ever root against your team in the NCAA basketball championship? Psychological science suggests that a rival team’s win may improve your team’s motivation and performance next season… More

  • 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... More

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    The Trouble with Too Much Talent

    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... More

  • Using self-talk -- repeating specific words or small phrases -- can focus players' attention and improve their performance. ... More

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    Thoughts That Win

    Using self-talk -- repeating specific words or small phrases -- can focus players' attention and improve their performance. ... More

  • 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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    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

  • 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... More

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    The Cold Truth About “Heating Up” on the Court

    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... More

  • 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... More

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    Becoming an Expert Takes More Than Practice

    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... More

  • Players' superstitious rituals may seem silly but research shows that having some kind of lucky token can actually improve performance – by increasing self-confidence... More

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    Keep Your Fingers Crossed! How Superstition Improves Performance

    Players' superstitious rituals may seem silly but research shows that having some kind of lucky token can actually improve performance – by increasing self-confidence... More

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