Essential Reads

Understanding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
The pathology of Aaron Hernandez was just one part of the 2017 Boston University CTE Conference, which presented the latest research and our current understanding of this disorder.

How Sports Can Make You Healthier and Build Character

Go outside and play! How sports and play provide your child with higher motivation, self-confidence, and social skills.

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Everyday Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.

Head Injuries and Psychiatric Symptoms in Football Players

Over 40 percent of ex-football players with chronic traumatic encephalopathy exhibited behavioral changes.

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Reach Your Ideal Sport Intensity

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Somewhere between sleep and terror you perform your best. Some perform best really relaxed, others medium intense, and still others super fired up.

Is Exercise the Secret to Keeping Weight Off?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 15, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Is exercise the secret to keeping weight off long-term? The news headlines tell us yes but the research tells a different story.

Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.

The Power of the Little White Lie

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boost!
Though a moral quandary may exist, paradoxical reframing techniques often rely on “bending the truth.”

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

#MeToo: The Torrent Continues

Another voice is added to the heartfelt chorus: women who have experienced inappropriate, unwanted sexual advances. We must keep speaking out.

Values in Youth Sports: Part I

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The values that you instill in your children as part of their sports experiences have a huge impact on every aspect of their lives. on and off the field of play.

Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle for Sports Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in The Power of Prime
You should think of confidence as a muscle. It can be strong, weak, or injured. And to make it as strong as it can be, you must train it, just like you train your physical muscles.

Retiring the Dreyfus Five-Stage Model of Expertise

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Seeing What Others Don't
The Dreyfus five-stage model of expertise claims that novices begin with tactical rules, but in many tasks that doesn't happen and in other tasks trainees get stuck in procedures.

The Curious Case of Rick Ankiel

Baseball pitcher Rick Ankiel developed a case of the pitching yips. The concept of social facilitation helps explain it.

6 Ps for Sports Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in The Power of Prime
The area that will probably make the biggest difference in whether you perform your best occurs before you even enter the field of play, namely, your attitude toward your sport.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.

What I Learned as a Sport Psychologist at the World Series

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in The New You
Looking to "hit a home run" in your next meeting?

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.
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Kaepernick's Taking a Knee

Time to reflect is perhaps more important now than ever.

"I'm Sorry If I Caused Offense": How Not to Apologize

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 29, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Yuli Gurriel's apology for a racial slur was a pseudo-apology. Here's how to make it right.

Why You Should Job Hunt This Holiday Season

It may seem counterintuitive, but now is a good time to job hunt. You may stand out among the crowd, while employers finally make time for hiring matters.

Building a Better Man

Why do conversations with men need to come from the side?
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Define Success for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Provide your children with a definition of success that is motivating, controllable, and will encourage them to strive toward their goals with commitment, confidence, and courage.

Make Your Sports Goal Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Goals offer two essential things that fuel your motivation: 1) a clear destination for where you want to go; 2) a road map for getting there.

Why Does Cerebral Brain Power Gobble Up So Much Energy?

By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New research explains why it's difficult for our brains and bodies to optimize cognitive and physical performance simultaneously.

Gambling Sports Advertising

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in In Excess
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.
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Find Your Motivation Every Day in Your Sport

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 18, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Without motivation, you wouldn't go to the gym in the early morning, you wouldn't put in the time practicing your sport, and you would give up quickly if training got difficult.

Develop Emotional Mastery in Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Your children's ability to develop emotional mastery in sports will also influence them in other aspects of their lives including with family and friends, and at school.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

Enhancing Athletic Performance With Brain Stimulation

New research shows that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) improves endurance performance and decreases perceived exertion among cyclists.

Train Your Mind Like You Train Your Body

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Why isn’t mental training treated the same as physical and technical training? Well, it should be.

Never-Ending Battle of the Sexes

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Some things have changed in the last few decades, but many things have not.

Ping Pong, Basketball, and the Rest

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 10, 2017 in On Having Fun
Where there is play there is poetry, where there is fun there is grace, where there is laughter there is truth.