Edition 8

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...

John Kremer and David Lavallee introduce the special issue.

To many readers of The Psychologist, sport and exercise psychology must seem akin to the distant cousin that we sit beside at a family wedding – we know that she is somehow related but are not...

In the 12th annual Broadbent Lecture at the Annual Conference Dianne Berry outlined Broadbent’s explicit and implicit influences on psychological science and scientists.

In 1991 the Society launched the annual Broadbent Lecture series, with the inaugural lecture being given by Donald Broadbent himself. At the end of the lecture, which was published in The...

Jim McCourt met educational psychologists Jean Law, Elaine White and André Imich to discuss their innovative projects with schools.

School standards, pupil behaviour and pupil inclusion remain major issues for schools. To hear about creative research designed to tackle them, I met three educational psychologists in Essex –...