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Sportsmen and women may respond better to female psychologists than they do to male practitioners, new research has suggested.

Leeds Metropolitan University's Rebecca Mitchell carried out a study that is set to be presented at the

Anxiety about a competitive situation makes even the most physically active more likely to slip-up suggests a study presented today at the British Psychological Society annual conference in Birmingham.

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The fourth broadcast in the Psychology FM series, which looks at health psychology and sport and exercise psychology, will go out at 11am on Wednesday 19 March.

An old-fashioned radio

England does not have a great track record when it comes to penalty shootouts and the team's manager Roy Hodgson has suggested that an expert in psychology may be the answer to reversing the trend.

In a bruising encounter with an aggressor, signalling "I give up!" via your submissive body language can be a life saver. At least that's the case for our primate cousins, and likely too for our human ancestors.

BPS member Misha Botting is in Sochi working with the Great Britain curling team. He has been talking to us about the importance to competitors of the right kind of family support:

A diet and exercise plan based around football and other sports could help fans to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, a study has discove

The Winter Olympics are starting in Sochi today. The Games will see media coverage of sports that usually get little notice and, if UK athletes are doing well, they will attract great interest from the public too.

A slalom skiier

Planners should take more care to ensure they incorporate quality green spaces in their town and city layouts in order to encourage residents to take more exercise.

A relaxing holiday may be a lovely prospect, but people who fill their breaks with activities are likely to find it easier to fit back into their working life afterwards.