Category Archives: Sports Psychology

Information and articles about how factors such as confidence and concentration can affect performance in sports.

Why Do We Play Games? (Video)

Vsauce founder Michael Stevens looks at the various characteristics that define games, and asks why humans play them. Could games play a role in brain development? Do they prepare us for survival? What are the psychological rewards for playing games? Is life itself a game? All these and other fascinating questions are addressed in the video above.


Roberto Mancini – Reverse Psychology in Title Talk

Roberto Mancini Manchester City

More often than not in professional football, we hear managers talking up their team’s chances prior to the start of the season, demonstrating a hundred per cent belief in its ability to succeed and fulfill the expectations of their supporters. Continue reading


Premier League Psychology – Man City and Man United Fans Struggle Under the Weight of Expectation

robin van persie manchester united debut

After City pipped United to the Premier League title in the final minute of the final match on the final day of last season, fans and pundits have been questioning whether or not the Red Devils can snatch the trophy right back at the end of the 2012-2013 campaign. With all due respect to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool — and with all due respect to the excellent work that these teams have done in the transfer window this past summer, it is a very brave man who would bet against the title leaving Manchester. Continue reading


London 2012 Olympics: Don’t Hassle the Hof!

Olympic Games Psychology and Culture
I was at Heathrow this week and out the corner of my eye I did spy one of the first Olympian teams touchdown. Everyone was so happy and cheery. I wasn’t at all; I was seriously late for a meeting. For those teams and their smiley, flag adorned compatriots who were so happy and cheery in my peripheral vision, the Olympics aren’t just a sporting jolly. It is a occasion which represents a great deal more. It is special. Let me tell you why. Continue reading