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On the importance of positive emotions and sharing goals in football penalty shootouts

Emotional contagion is an important process to consider in the context of elite sport performance and training. A talk at 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology July 2011 on Madeira, Portugal. Research has shown that teams that show more positive and team

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Posted in Football, My own research, Sport Science

Emotional contagion in association football penalty shootouts

A talk at 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology July 2011 on Madeira, Portugal. We examined the association between celebratory responses after successful football penalty kicks and the outcome of a penalty shootout. Method: Individually displayed post-shot behaviours in

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Posted in Dynamical Systems, Football, My own research

Women Get Up Sooner Than Men After a Fall in Soccer

When women play football (or soccer in U.S.), the individual interruptions, for instance for substitutions or to cheer a goal, are a lot shorter than when men play. In particular after injuries men remain on the ground significantly longer. This

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Sport science and chances – what would you do if you knew the chances to win?

When you think about chances it is easy to think about gambling. But also in science chances are important. Scientists use statistics to discover which theories are more likely then others. But the notion of chance always remains relatively abstract.

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Performing Under Pressure in Elite Football

Watch Geir Jordet present a nice overview of research on performing under pressure in elite football. Geir shows how high ego, ego threat, and emotional distress can lead to self regulation failure, that is, missed penalties in footbal. He also

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Player position data in football: On using it differently! A dynamical system’s perspective.

Get inspired to use player position data in a different way. Here’s Wouter Frencken presenting at the VIIth World Congress on Science & Football 2011 in Tokyo. Enjoy!

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Posted in Dynamical Systems, Ecological Psychology, Football, Joint Action, Sport Science

When Football meets Philosophy

‘But the Germans are disputing it: Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics; Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination; and Marx is claiming

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Dennis Bergkamp On The Greatest Goal He Ever Scored

Great players, great expression of emotions. Bergkamp is my favourite great player – this is what he said about him celebrating his greatest goal ever … ___ At that moment I thought about when I was seven or eight years

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Science and chances: What should you do if you knew the chance?

When you think about chances it is easy to think about gambling. But also in science chances are important. Scientists use statistics to discover which theories are more likely then others. But the notion of chance always remains relatively abstract.

Posted in Football, My own research, Science General, Sport Science

Cheering related to chances of success in football

Behaviour is contagious. If you see someone yawning or smiling, it’s often a matter of seconds before you are doing the same yourself. This copying behaviour also turns out to work on the football field. The more convincingly someone celebrates

Posted in Football, My own research, Sport Science