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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

  • 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. More

    What Makes a Champion? Varied Practice, Not Single-Sport Drilling

    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. More

  • 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. More

    Why Sports Wins and Sunshine May Lead You to Gamble

    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. More

  • 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. More

    For Disappointed Sports Fans, Defeats Increase Consumption of Fat and Sugar

    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. 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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. More

    How Rooting for a Rival Could Help Your Team

    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. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. More

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    Get Me Out of this Slump! Visual Illusions Improve Sports Performance

    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. 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

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