Sports and exercise

The human mind can be its own worst enemy. When we want to do well in sports, we often intensify attentional focus on bodily movements that are best off left on automatic pilot.
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, the President Elect of the British Psychological Society, will be one of the speakers at our Scottish Branch’s annual scientific meeting in Stirling on 27 February.
Build a strong working alliance with your athletes and exercisers using counselling skills. Notice what is and is not said out loud by your client. Timetable
How can a coach and athlete be helped to be the best they can be? Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends Details How can a c
There are huge benefits to be gained when women and men are given equal opportunities. For example, companies with at least one woman on their board are more successful.
Learn about the process, challenges and dilemmas of group facilitation when working with different client or professional groups. Timetable
Discover hypnosis and hypnotherapy with this evidence-based workshop Timetable 09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee 10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 16:30 Workshop ends
Walking in a happier style could help counter the negative mental processes associated with depression.
More than £2 million is being put towards a major programme designed to encourage people with mental health problems to take up sport.
Children's cognitive skills can be enhanced if they partake in at least an hour of exercise after every school day, according to new research.
Countries are more likely to enjoy a higher medal count at the Olympics if they embrace gender equality, a new study has revealed.
People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they are more physically active, according to a new study.
A “Legacy” is simply defined as, ‘something that is left behind’ and could be considered at a myriad of levels, including societal, organisational, client-centred, or personal.
Eating disorders in athletes could be an indication they are vulnerable to depressive tendencies, according to research.
Researchers have argued that penalty shootouts in competitions such as the World Cup are ultimately "psychological" games.
People's attitudes towards exercise can have a strong influence on how much they eat afterwards, a recent study has concluded.
Practising at a particular discipline or activity often helps to improve competence, a new study has concluded.
Sports coaches are highly likely to overreact in the event of a loss, a new study has concluded.
With the Commonwealth Games under way in Glasgow, psychologists can help explain just what it is that the public finds enticing about big sporting events.
The final stages of big football tournaments are often dominated by penalty shootouts. And research presented at our Annual Conference a few years ago may just have given the key to success in them.
Just before the triumph that was the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, our monthly magazine The Psychologist investigated how psychology touches the participants, spectators and volunteers in the Tour de France:
We know self-talk can help people's self-control (e.g. "Don't do it!"), and boost their morale (e.g. "Hang in there!") in sporting situations.
As Yorkshire awaits the start of the Tour de France, a psychologist is to give a public talk on the psychology behind the event in York on Tuesday 1 July.
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