Sports and exercise

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A woman high jumper

The Paralympics begin today. And I loved an article by John Head, senior lecturer in prosthetics and biomechanics at the University of Salford, celebrating the fact that

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Whether in sport, military, business or medical environments, performing at one’s best provides a multitude of opportunities for gaining personal glory. Narcissistic individuals crave admiration and glory, and thus the performance domain constitutes an ideal medium to explore narcissistic behaviour. This talk examines the relation between narcissism and performance and demonstrates that narcissists’ performance is contingent upon perceived opportunities for self-enhancement along with some potential explanatory mechanism for this effect.

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At our London offices on 27 July, Steven Sylvester will explore the role can sport psychology play in getting the best performance from athletes while also supporting good mental health and fostering a selfless mind-set.

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How REBT can be used with athletes

Timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

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Recreational runners are more likely to listen to running shoe recommendations from potentially untrustworthy blogs and fitness store employees than qualified medical experts says a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

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In the lead article of The Psychologist – the official magazine of the British Psychological Society – two of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of leadership explain how Ranieri contributed to Leicester’s historical Premiership success.

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Event information 

The aim of local Hub events is to bring BPS members together and promote communication between psychologists at different stages of their careers.

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An ultra run is anything longer than a standard marathon of 26 miles, but it’s not unusual for people to participate in gruelling runs that take place in punishing environments over days or even weeks.

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The psychological concept of "flow" has been around for a while and yet it still retains an air of mystery.

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One of the most thorough investigations into football referee bias has found that they tend to award harsher foul punishments to the away team.

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An opportunity for practitioners to revise, update and enhance their MI communication style to motivate and increase confidence in health behaviour change.

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The BPS Division of Sport and Excercise Psychology (DSEP) is holding it's annual conference in Leeds over the next two days (14 to 15 December).

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A golf champion prepares for the easiest of putts on the final green, only for his wrist to jerk suddenly, sending the ball wide of the mark.

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Victory is always gratifying and acquires an even more delicious taste when it involves the defeat of a rival.

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Use client/participant biometric phone apps to collect/email data to you, for naturalistic data in daily life contexts for research/therapy.

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The author of the British Psychological Society’s behaviour change briefing on physical inactivity has welcomed the Blueprint for an Active Britain published by ukactive.

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‘It’s an important time for serious research on play’, said Dr David Whitebread, launching the Play in Education Development and Learning Centre at the University of Cambridge.

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You’re going for a run – well, you’re going to, once you get off the sofa. One glance at the crisp autumn sky outside reminds you how nice it is to get a bit of fresh air, but somehow it’s not enough, and you stay glued to your seat.

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The British Psychological Society is sponsoring three sessions at the Cheltenham Literature Festival as part of our work to bring insights from evidence-based science to a wider public.

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Marathon runners are on the road for hours at a time, what on earth goes through their minds all that time?

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One of the most important characteristics of successful teams is that team members believe in their collective potential – also known as 'team potency'. But what can be done to foster this shared belief?

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Health interventions to increase exercise in older people could be more successful if they differentiated between people aged 65 to 79 years old and those over 80 years old.

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The sense of accomplishment from running a marathon is hugely uplifting, but let's not romanticise it. There's also a lot of pain involved. Despite this, many people pull on their running shoes time and again.

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