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Going for Gold: Greatest Psychological Show on Earth

As London gets ready to host the 2012 games, the British Psychological Society's Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) aims to show the part psychology plays in making the Olympics and Paralympics the greatest psychological shows on earth.

 Professor David Lavallee, co-ordinator of this project said: “We aim to build an information resource for those interested in sport, and psychology, to explain some of the ways psychology informs sport and exercise performance and how it helps.

“As well as news, information and videos about sport and exercise psychology, visitors to the portal can participate in an online experiment devised by Chartered Psychologist Dr Iain Greenlees. We want to include a wide base of participation in this experiment, so please tell your friends and colleagues”.

Dr Greenlees notes: “For me, one of the great things about events like the Olympics is that they are a natural environment in which we can readily observe many of the concepts, performing under pressure, social interactions, group dynamics, aggression that psychologists of any discipline are interested in. With this study and the Division’s public engagement activities, we hope to highlight some of these concepts in action.”

This project has been put together by the DSEP through the Society’s Public Engagement Grants scheme. The results of the online study, as well as a full explanation of the research project and the sources of impressions revealed by respondents, will be published on the Society’s website shortly before the Olympics close.  

Get involved in the online experiment, visit the sport and exercise psychology resource and find out more about the greatest psychological show on earth.