Performance Psychology (Including Organizational & Sport Psychology)

Courage Is Key for Entrepreneurs

You need a lot of things to start a business. A good idea, the skills to turn that idea into reality, and some cold, hard cash. Increasingly, psychologists who study entrepreneurship believe ...
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An Intervention for Perfectionism

I’ve written about perfectionism several times on here before, and to be honest, I’ve never really said anything nice about it. As I’ve pointed out, perfectionism has been implicated in everything from ...
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Gossip as a Workplace Coping Mechanism

We typically think of gossip as something frivolous. But "idle gossip" might not be so idle. Gossip can be a social bonding mechanism, and workplace gossip in particular might help people cope ...
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Can Implicit Bias Training Make College Admissions Fairer?

Last week, the ugly and absurd side of the United States' college admissions process burst into public view. Charges were filed against 50 people from wealthy families across the countries, who were ...
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Mental Imagery Can Enhance Motivation

A lack of motivation can put to ruin the greatest plans – or the smallest ones for that matter. Getting the motivation to do something is a complex process that takes place ...
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Teaching Makes a Difference in Whether Students See Classes as Easy or Hard

It’s a common recognition on college campuses that one course might be an "easy A" while another strikes fear into the heart of even the most capable student. But what exactly makes ...
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Can Natural Sounds Recharge the Brain?

Buy a CD of music for relaxation, and there’s a good chance it’ll feature running water, chirping birds and rustling leaves. Instinctively, it makes sense to us that the sounds of nature ...
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What an Amazing Coincidence Tells Us About Schadenfreude

In December 2015, researchers asked 59 Argentinian adults to consider this description of a scenario featuring Argentina's long-time football rival, Brazil. They meant it as a hypothetical exercise: Brazil and Peru are ...
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Can Job Interviews Uncover Narcissism?

Woe be to the employer who hires a promising applicant only to discover that they are an exceptional narcissist. The employer isn’t the only one to suffer, either. For example, if the ...
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4 Steps to Prevent Burnout

Burnout at work is a common phenomenon, but it’s still one that mental health professionals don’t completely understand. Why do some people eventually become emotionally exhausted by their jobs? And is this ...
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