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Sportsmyths: sex before a game – do or don’t?

“I think soccer player contracts should have a clause going something like: the player has to have sex on the day before a game and, if possible, on the day of the game. When I do it before a game

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Posted in My own research, Science General, Sport Science

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

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

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

Decision-making, problem-solving, learning and development. Let’s play!

With never-before-seen video, primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo (a TED Fellow) shows how bonobo ape society learns from constantly playing — solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. Indeed, play appears to be the bonobos’ key to problem-solving and

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Understanding Behavioral Patterns: Why Bird Flocks Move in Unison

Animal flocks, be it honeybees, fish, ants or birds, often move in surprising synchronicity and seemingly make unanimous decisions at a moment’s notice, a phenomenon which has remained puzzling to many researchers. New research published September 15, in New Journal of

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