Edition 8

Charity Brown.

THE advert in The Psychologist for the BPS/POST postgraduate award caught my eye as I was waiting for one of many participants to complete my face-recognition experiment. The idea of working in...

Ian M. Cockerill tells you how to clear the hurdles on your career path.

THE contributors to this special issue are an eclectic group.
‘Sport psychologist’ refers to a professional psychologist who works with individuals and teams in sport. But some are...

Deirdre Scully and Ruth Lowry on ‘participation motivation’ in sport and exercise.

The reasons we are motivated to take part in sport and exercise, and the rewards we derive from our experience of physical activities, have long interested sport and exercise psychologists. In...

Do experts have a visual and cognitive advantage? Mark Williams reports.

Fostered by visions of favourite players and teams in action, the appeal of the study of expertise in sport is fuelled by the partisan nature of spectators and armchair fans. The scientific study...

Aidan Moran discusses mental imagery in sport: seeing, feeling and believing.

Many people believe that although sport is played with the body, it is won in the mind. Not surprisingly, sport performers increasingly turn to psychology in an effort to gain a ‘winning edge’...

Nanette Mutrie on the relationship between exercise and psychological well-being.

The field of psychosomatic medicine has clearly established the idea that how we think and feel will affect the functioning of the body. What we do with our bodies may also affect how we think and...

Sandy Wolfson on the ethics and regulation of sport and exercise psychology.

Professional issues have featured prominently in the sport and exercise psychology literature for many years (e.g. see Nideffer, 1981). More recently a number of authors (see Andersen et al., 2000...

Jan Graydon looks beyond the yips and the jitters.

To any sportsperson the debilitative effects of high anxiety are only too familiar, and can range in severity from butterflies in the stomach to a full-blown panic attack. Over the years many...