New book – Boost!

To perform better in any situation – in your career, hobbies, relationships, or in any facet of your life – it is critical to develop psychological skills, which, just like physical abilities, can be taught, learned, and practiced. Both as individuals and as groups, we can tone these psychological skills and use them to heighten awareness, foster talents and technical abilities, and reach peak performance. Mental preparedness and psychological awareness are the keys to thriving in any environment.

Few understand the importance of psychological skills better than the internationally recognized professor Michael Bar-Eli. As both a sports and organizational psychologist for more than 35 years, Bar-Eli has not only researched the science of performance but has also worked directly with elite athletes, coaches, and teams to help them improve their success on the court or field. Boost! takes the lessons he’s learned from sports psychology and translates them for leaders and managers at any stage in their career. With prescriptive advice, Bar-Eli illustrates how anyone can apply these lessons to better support and inspire co-workers and employees and create a sustainable, successful working environment and business.

Boost! breaks down the complex behavioral science of getting ahead. Through original scientific research, unique case studies, and anecdotes from the world of sports and beyond, Bar-Eli explains the psychological underpinnings of human behavior and how we can harness this knowledge to perform at our highest levels, succeeding in our careers and personal lives.

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Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology

CoverWritten and edited by experts in the field of sport psychology, Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology includes accounts of how the world’s best athletes have used sport psychology techniques to achieve their success and deal with life’s challenges.

The book links countries in the Asian-South Pacific region to the sports at which they excel. Learn about the sport psychology secrets of Archery in Korea, Gymnastics in China, Boxing in the Philippines, Golf in Taiwan, Triathlon in Australia, Rugby in New Zealand, Judo in Japan, Wrestling in Iran, Shooting in India, and much much more.

Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology has been produced as an Open Educational Resource under a Creative Commons licence, which means that it can be downloaded for free, shared with others, and used for your own purposes (see Creative Commons).

Sponsored by the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology and the University of Southern Queensland, Secrets of Asian Sport Psychology is the very first text on the subject of applied sport psychology to be published under a creative commons licence.

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Inside Sport Psychology

Inside Sport PsychologyIn Inside Sport Psychology Dr Costas Karageorghis and Professor Peter Terry present a comprehensive guide to using mental training to maximize sport performance. The authors’ applied work has been featured in top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Independent, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. They have served as consultants to hundreds of athletes at the Olympic and World Championship level, as well as to a number of blue-chip companies. Presented in a user-friendly format, the guide covers key aspects of sport psychology, including the most effective methods for enhancing performance and preparing mentally for important competitions. Integrating up-to-date research findings with real-life events, the authors include psychological principles associated with over 20 sports, including soccer, rugby, tennis, golf, shooting and track and field. Mental imagery is discussed and a wide variety of visualization exercises included. Tips are given to help athletes adopt a positive mental attitude, as well as how to manage fluctuations in mood to maintain consistency in their performance. Inside Sport Psychology demonstrates how to apply psychology in a range of sport settings by offering an accessible and evidence-based approach. Explaining what works and what doesn’t, it is an ideal resource for athletes and coaches wishing to incorporate sport psychology into training and competition.


  1. Sport Psychology Applications
  2. The Secrets of Motivation
  3. Boosting Self-confi dence
  4. Anxiety: Friend or Foe?
  5. Mood and Emotions
  6. Master of Concentration
  7. Visualization and Self-Hypnosis
  8. The Power of Sound

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Judgment, Decision-making and Success in Sport

Judgment, Decision-making and Success in Sport 
Michael Bar-Eli,
Henning Plessner, Markus Raab
ISBN: 978-0-470-69454-1
230 pages

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Judgment, Decision-Making and Success in Sport presents a thorough overview and assessment of the study of Judgment and Decision-Making (JDM) in sports psychology, and represents an important source of information for those interested in the possible causes and reasons for success and failure in sport.

  • The only book to apply the principles of JDM to sport
  • Applies theory to practice by looking at problems of athletes, coaches, and referees and providing recommendations for dealing with them
  • Offers an overview of current JDM research
  • Useful for psychologists, physical education teachers, sports scientists, and researchers in this field

The New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion

NewSEPCompanionCoverBThe New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion Paperback Book ISBN 978-1-935412-02-1
Price: US$82.00 650 pages

In what is one of the most extensive and all-encompassing books of its kind, The New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion provides readers with an advanced understanding of the major themes that reflect the development and current status of sport and exercise psychology today. Editors Tony Morris and Peter Terry invited nearly 50 of the world’s leading experts on the key aspects of sport and exercise psychology to examine and explain the latest findings and newest directions of research. Unlike other publications that lean heavily toward either theoretical or applied approaches, the 27 chapters of The New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion present a blend of both. Section I features the major psychological processes that have been the subject of extensive theoretical consideration and research examination in the context of sport. Section II highlights topics that have been addressed systematically in relation to the application of sport psychology. Section III focuses on the rapidly growing area of exercise psychology. Section IV details a number of specific themes and particular populations that are of special interest in sport psychology.

The contributors to The New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion represent four different continents and their insights and experiences reflect sport’s continuing globalization. Sport and exercise psychology continues to grow in many countries and regions of the world, and the diversity of the contributors to this book enables readers to make comparisons between the way psychological processes function in different cultures.

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Complexity and Control in Team Sports

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Complexity and Control in Team Sports is the first book to apply complex systems theory to ‘soccer-like’ team games (including basketball, handball and hockey) and to present a framework for understanding and managing the elite sports team as a multi-level complex system. Conventional organizational studies have tended to define team sports as a set of highly heterogeneous physical, mental and cognitive activities within which it is difficult, if not impossible, to find common behavioural playing regularities or universal pedagogies for controlling those activities. Adopting a whole system approach, and exploring the concepts of control, regulation and self-organization, this book argues that it is possible for coaches, managers and psychologists to develop a better understanding of how a complex system works, and therefore, to more successfully manage and influence a team’s performance.

This book draws on literature from the biological, behavioural and social sciences, including, psychology, sociology and sports performance analysis, to develop a detailed, interdisciplinary and multi-level picture of the elite sports team. It analyzes behaviour across five inter-connected levels: the team as a ‘managed institution’; coaching staff controlling players via cybernetic flows; the team as a playing unit; the individual player as a complex dynamic system expressed through behaviour; and a player’s complex physiological/biological system. Drawing these together, the book throws fascinating new light on the elite sports team and will be useful reading for all students, researchers or professionals with an interest in sport psychology, sport management, sport coaching, sport performance analysis or complex systems theory.

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