Sport and Exercise Psychology


Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal Of Mindless Neuroscience - Exploring Blobology

Scientists cannot use brain scans to look into the brain and see what you're thinking. Brain scans and the pretty pictures associated with them, are not at all what they seem. Right now, beyond a doubt, if you see the root neuro- attached to any term at all, suspect pseudoscience bullshit. Period. This is not to say that neuroscience is bullshit, but that it is a tool of bullshit.

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Comparing the Effects of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

While many people understand the basic differences in behavior among those suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, they might assume that the physiological effects are the same. After all, whether you starve yourself or gorge and then purge, the result is malnutrition, right? Well, in fact, the physiological effects differ among the two in some marked ways. Of course, it is possible for both disorders to manifest in one person, which would complicate the picture. However, the following are the basic differences in effect between the these two major eating disorders.

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Food Babe, Experience Life Mag, and Their Ilk: Do We Have to Join Em To Beat Em?

In one of the threads on Facebook posted about the Food Babe and Experience Life Mag controversy, where people were complaining about the BS, someone started saying that, basically, the people commenting were all wasting their time complaining and that we need to pay more attention to how she, and others like her, frame their messages in order to reach and influence so many people.

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Lucy Movie with Scarlett Johansson Based on Ridiculous 10% of Brain Myth

A Whole Movie Based on a Grossly Overstated Myth that We Only Use Part of our Brain?

It's a long debunked myth but it is still one of most popular questions posed to neuroscientists and psychologists: "Is it true was only use 10% of our brains?" The new Summer movie "Lucy" starring Scarlett Johansson and Luc Besson asks us to "Imagine if you were able to unlock 100% of your brain power." This is another example of Hollywood's tradition of science fiction based on fantasy.

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Achievement Goal Theory

Achievement goal theory: A social-cognitive psychology theory that seeks to understand differences in achievement and concerns how different students and athletes are motivationally oriented. According to the theory, three interacting factors determine a person's motivation: achievement goals, perceived ability, and achievement behavior.

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Fitness Insider Groups and the Ultimate Attribution Error

You can read the article or listen to the video talk below, which has more material in it, with additional commentary.

The fitness industry is made up of in-groups and out-groups. Of course, whatever group you are in, is the in-group as far as you are concerned. Some groups have more social power than others, however, and are able to draw more members. So we have something like minorities in the fitness world. William Graham Summer, an American sociologist and a social-Darwinist, is said to have coined the terms in-group and out-group, in his 1906 book Folkways. I use these terms differently than the nasty way in which he used them.

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Is Motivation an Overused Term in Strength Training and Fitness?

The text of this of this blog post is a transcript of the video talk presented here, which explores whether the word motivation is a misunderstood and overused word in fitness and strength training circles. Motivation is treated as if it is a black-and-white concept, and a person is either motivated or they are not motivated. It could be, however, that motivation is much more complex than this and the word used alone, without qualification, may be too vague, or too broad to be of much use.

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In the Gym: Focus On What You Can Control

By Eric Troy

We all know that in life there are some things that we can control and some things we cannot. Well, in strength training, or any kind of training, it is the same. Yet, this is a typical sort of message from a trainee:

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I'm Surrounded by Experts! Gym Intimidation and the Ideal Female Body

By Eric Troy

You know that one of the biggest, and most ironic, reasons people don't go to the gym is because they don't think they look good enough! This is a serious problem because it can go much deeper than what a little pat on the back can fix. It really doesn't matter if someone tells you that nobody is judging you, or looking at you, or caring what you look like when you feel like all the eyes in the room are fixed on your flabby love-handles or protruding gut. You can feel the eyes upon you, as the song goes.

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Is Michael Phelps the Greatest Athlete Ever? How Do We Compare This to Lifting?

There is a lot of talk about Michael Phelps and his many, many medals. Is he the greatest Olympian ever? Well, it depends on your perspective. As has been said already a thousand times, a case can be made that he is the greatest Olympian ever. But what is true of athletics in general is true of the Olympics. In fact, the Olympics is a case study in athletes with a capital A.

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Anorexia Nervosa: Explanation, Signs, and Symptoms

The term anorexia nervosa comes from the Greek word for "lack of appetite" and a Latin word implying a nervous origin. It is a major emotional eating disorder and is characterized by three main criteria:

  • Significant self-induced starvation, or near-starvation
  • An extreme desire for thinness or being extremely afraid of becoming fat
  • The presence of medical signs and symptoms resulting from starvation

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What is Imagery and How is it Used in Sports, Athletics (and Strength Training)

Imagery is simply the process of "picturing things". In other words it involves forming an image in your mind. However, when we speak of imagery in sports and strength training it is important to know that an image does not have to be confined to a visual picture in the mind but is better thought of as any mental representation or reproduction of sensations or perceptions. The term visualization is sometimes used to describe imagery relying only on the visual sense but imagery should be thought of as using all of the senses to create or re-create an experience in your mind. Vision and kinesthetic sense are however the most important aspects.

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Five Tips for a Better Strength Training Workout

I don't usually make lists such as this. Not because I think there is something wrong with it it's just not my preference. However, this is a recap of some of the information that we have here as much as it is a list of tips for a better strength training session.

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