Category: Adam Naylor

Two Years Since Bombing, Marathon Might Be Even More Mental Than Physical

Boston.com Kermit Crawford, School of Medicine Adam Naylor, School of Education It has been two years since the Boston Marathon bombings… Expert quotes: Crawford: “There can be really an array of feelings of thoughts and of activities that individuals have, in part depending on how directly impacted they were or how they may have experienced […]

Experts Media Alert – Boston 2024 Olympics

Earlier this year, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Boston as their choice to be considered as host of the 2024 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in September 2017. The city of Boston and the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee will hold a series of public meetings to give residents from around […]

Deflategate: Why would professional teams feel the need to cheat?

Christian Science Monitor Adam Naylor, School of Education As the NFL works out whether the weather or the New England Patriots were responsible for deflating 11 of the New England Patriots‘ 12 game balls to levels significantly below the NFL’s requirements during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, fans and sports psychologists are talking about the culture of “bracketed morality” that makes cheating a more […]

Crisis of Confidence

Psychology Today By Adam Naylor, School of Education Self-confidence translates poorly… across cultures and onto the playing field. When sitting with a handful of East Asian athletes and discussing characteristics of an excellent competitor, the term “self-confidence” arose in the discussion. The excessively polite silence and the slightly uncomfortable body language that followed the term […]

Why Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is ranked as football’s dirtiest player

Washington Post Adam Naylor, School of Education To understand why the Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh is often rankedas the “NFL’s dirtiest player,” consider three numbers… Expert quote: “Emotions drive athlete behavior much more than rational thought. Intense emotions can lead to incredible performances, but they can also lead to total boneheadedness. Frustration is known to lead to aggression.” […]

Finger at Neymar effect and boos

The Calcutta Telegraph Adam Naylor, School of Education A single missing star player and an increasingly restive home crowd could be among factors that might explain host Brazil’s shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final match, sports psychologists say… Expert quote: “It was clear that missing Neymar was emotional for the team. […]