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Getting too much of a good thing?! Young footballers showing signs of burnout.

Elite youth footballers are at risk of burnout before they leave school because of the perfectionist standards some feel coaches, parents and team members demand of them. Dr Hill Dr Andrew Hill, lecturer in sports and exercise science in the University of Leeds’ School

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Posted in Football, Science General, Sport Science

Diving in football: When and why cheating pays.

The findings of a human-based deception study fit perfectly with deception behaviours in the animal world, according to its authors. “They really are just a bunch of animals running around the sporting field – they have the same simple motivations of

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Posted in Ecological Psychology, Football, Science General, Sport Science

Yes, you can tell from his face what your dog is feeling

People can reliably read a dog’s facial expressions, suggesting humans are finely tuned to detect emotions even in other creatures. Behavioral scientists have long known that people can accurately read other humans’ emotions, but this study suggests our empathy extends

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Posted in Joint Action, Science General

Team membership boosts performance

It is well documented that competition can affect performance and emotion in sport. However, our understanding of the comparative effects of individual and team competitions on performance and emotion is limited. We also know little about emotion-based mechanisms underlying the

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Posted in Football, Science General, Sport Science

Oxytocin as Sports Enhancer

Is playing football like falling in love? That question, which would perhaps not occur to most of us watching hours of the bruising game this holiday season, is the focus of a provocative and growing body of new science examining

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

Oxytocin and Team Decision Making

Dr. Paul Zak explains how morality (read: important decisions when we work together with other people, such as in team sports), is linked to the neuro-peptide oxytocin. Taken from the BBC documentary Horizon: Are you Good or Evil.

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Posted in Football, Joint Action, 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