I hope that everyone is excited for the Olympics to begin tonight! Over the next two weeks, I will be posting several pieces on the Olympics and psychology, ranging from the ways that athletes feel/express emotions to the different ways that athletes from various cultures tend to construe their successes (and failures). I’m really excited to be blogging about the Olympics – there’s so much psychology to delve into here, and I hope you’ll all tune in over the next couple of weeks to learn all about it!
In the meantime, here are links to some cool posts from across the blogosphere on psychology and the Olympics. Enjoy!
The 2012 Olympic Games: What is the Role of Psychology? by Chris Carr at Psychology Today
Hosting a Major Sporting Event – Economic Gains Are Unlikely, But Will It Bring Happiness? by Christian Jarrett at BPS Research Digest
What It Takes To Be An Olympic Athlete Q&A with sports psychologist Shane Murphy at APA
The Psychology of Dressing for Olympic Success by Richard Wiseman at The Guardian
Olympics and Gender Empowerment through Sport by Elizabeth Meyer at Psychology Today
How Do Women and Girls Feel When They See Sexualized or Sporty Images Of Female Athletes? by Christian Jarrett at BPS Research Digest
How to Raise an Olympic Athlete by Christine L. Carter at Psychology Today
Twin Olympics! by Nancy L. Segal at Psychology Today
Lessons Worth Learning from the 2010 Winter Olympics by Marie Hartwell-Walker at PsychCentral
Could The Olympics Be A Catalyst For Inter-Cultural Discord? by Christian Jarrett at BPS Research Digest (note: The paper that this post is based on was authored by some of my former UIUC colleagues!)
Do World-Class Sprinters Really Move Their Legs No Faster Than Ordinary Runners? by Dave at Science-Based Running (note: OK, this is not psychology, but I’m including it because I find this post incredibly cool.)
And of course, in the spirit of the Games …
Image by Joshua Nathanson via Wikipedia