Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part B

Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part B

1st Edition - October 11, 2017

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  • Editors: Mark Wilson, Vincent Walsh, Beth Parkin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128118252
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128118269

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Sport and the Brain: The Science of Preparing, Enduring and Winning, Part B, Volume 233 reflects recent advancements in the understanding of how elite athletes prepare for, and perform at, peak levels under the demands of competition. Topics discussed in this new release include a section on Exploring the Applicability of the Contextual Interference Effect in Sports Practice, The Resonant System: Linking Brain-body-environment in Sport Performance, the Effects of Acute High-intensity Exercise on Cognitive Performance in Trained Individuals: A Systematic Review, Moving Concussion Care to the Next Level: The Emergence and Role of Concussion Clinics in the UK, and Neurocognitive Mechanisms of the Flow State. This longstanding series takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on aspects of psychology, neuroscience, skill learning, talent development and physiology.

Key Features

  • Takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on aspects of psychology, neuroscience, skill learning, talent development and physiology
  • Focuses on sports and the brain
  • Contains expertise and an international focus of contributors
  • Adopts the novel approach of having a target article with critical commentaries on the lessons learned from British multiple gold medalists at Olympic and World Championships


Academics and students of performance psychology, sport expertise, skill acquisition, and neuroscience; and practitioners (coaches, sport scientists, performance directors, business managers) interested in understanding the building blocks of outstanding individual and team performance

Table of Contents

  • 1. Quiet eye training improves accuracy in basketball field goal shooting
    Joan N. Vickers, Ben Vandervies, Christie Kohut and Brendan Ryley
    2. Sleep, sport, and the brain
    Shona L. Halson and Laura E. Juliff
    3. The resonant system: Linking brain–body–environment in sport performance
    Pedro Teques, Duarte Araújo, Ludovic Seifert, Vicente L. del Campo and Keith Davids
    4. Catching on it early: Bodily and brain anticipatory mechanisms for excellence in sport
    A.M. Abreu, M. Candidi and S.M. Aglioti
    5. Exploring the applicability of the contextual interference effect in sports practice
    Damian Farrow and Tim Buszard
    6. Sport, time pressure, and cognitive performance
    C.N. Chiu, C.-Y. Chen and N.G. Muggleton
    7. Effectiveness of above real-time training on decision-making in elite football: A dose–response investigation
    Javid J. Farahani, Amir H. Javadi, Barry O’Neill and Vincent Walsh
    8. Can athletes benefit from difficulty? A systematic review of growth following adversity in competitive sport
    Karen Howells, Mustafa Sarkar and David Fletcher
    9. Effects of acute high-intensity exercise on cognitive performance in trained individuals: A systematic review
    S.E. Browne, M.J. Flynn, B.V. O’Neill, G. Howatson, P.G. Bell and C.F. Haskell-Ramsay
    10. Changes in brain activity during action observation and motor imagery: Their relationship with motor learning
    Nobuaki Mizuguchi and Kazuyuki Kanosue
    11. Moving concussion care to the next level: The emergence and role of concussion clinics in the UK
    Osman H. Ahmed, Mike Loosemore, Katy Hornby, Bhavesh Kumar, Richard Sylvester, Levansri Makalanda, Tim Rogers, David Edwards and Akbar de Medici
    12. Neurocognitive mechanisms of the flow state
    David J. Harris, Samuel J. Vine and Mark R. Wilson
    13. Discerning measures of conscious brain processes associated with superior early motor performance: Capacity, coactivation, and character
    Tina van Duijn, Tim Buszard, Merel C.J. Hoskens and Rich S.W. Masters
    14. Action-skilled observation: Issues for the study of sport expertise and the brain
    April Karlinsky, Karen Zentgraf and Nicola J. Hodges
    15. Gunslingers, poker players, and chickens 1: Decision making under physical performance pressure in elite athletes
    Beth Parkin, Katie Warriner and Vincent Walsh
    16. Gunslingers, poker players, and chickens 2: Decision-making under physical pressure in elite-developing athletes
    Beth Parkin and Vincent Walsh
    17. Gunslingers, poker players, and chickens 3: Decision making under mental pressure in elite-junior athletes
    Beth Parkin and Vincent Walsh

Product details

  • No. of pages: 386
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: October 11, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128118252
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128118269

About the Serial Volume Editors

Mark Wilson

Professor Wilson is the Associate Professor in experimental psychology and human movement science. Broadly, his research is interested in the processes underpinning skilled performance; why skills might break down under pressure; and how we might optimize the skill acquisition process. As a chartered psychologist and registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, he also provides psychological support services in a range of performance domains (including Olympic and professional athletes).

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Vincent Walsh

Dr. Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University College, London. He is the author of over 300 manuscripts, most involving cognitive neuroscience and brain stimulation. The research group he leads is called Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (ACN). The goal is to use neuroscience to improve high performance in sport, high pressure decision making and advancing human brain stimulation in cognition and health. Prof Walsh is particularly interested in sleep, plasticity and extending classical findings to older people. Traditional strengths of his group's work has been investigations of the functions of the parietal lobe, the frontal eye fields and their interactions with primary and secondary visual areas. The techniques his group uses include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and DC stimulation. He runs the ICN TMS facility and also organises the annual TMS Summer School with The Magstim Company.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Human Brain Research, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK

Beth Parkin

Professor Parkin is a professor at University College London

Affiliations and Expertise

University College London, UK

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