Sports

Mental agility: A key ingredient for mental toughness

Mental agility: A key ingredient for mental toughness

Change is tough. When you have a concrete plan, or even a rough idea of how something should unfold, you may perceive obstacles as a threat - and buckle under the pressure.

One characteristic of a mentally tough person is their ability to recognize challenges as neutral, make the necessary adjustments in a timely manner, and get back in the game. Instead of letting the stress consume them, they demonstrate resilience - leaning in to the change, making shifts, and moving on.

So, how do you do that?


Neuroscience wearables: Do they actually enhance performance?

Neuroscience wearables: Do they actually enhance performance?

It has been argued that human athletic ability has plateaued, but that technology is pushing out the boundaries created by physiological limits. We’ve seen swimsuits move better through water, bikes become more aerodynamic, and running shoes get lighter. Now, neuroscience is getting in the game with the introduction of brain-boosting technology. In this article, I’ll discuss neuropriming and neurofeedback devices and offer my thoughts on whether or not the price tag is worth it.

Know pain: understanding the neural underpinnings of pain in endurance sports

Your mindset can affect how you perceive pain. For a long time, psychologists theorized that mental techniques such as visualization, positive self-talk, or cognitive self-regulation, could alter one’s experience of pain. Recently, neuroscientists discovered neural pathways that may help explain how shifts in mindset contribute to our experience of pain.

Your brain on March Madness

Your brain on March Madness

Last weekend was arguably the best sports weekend of the year.  It was the start of March Madness. 48 games were played between Thursday and Sunday and for the first time in history, a #16 seed (UMBC) beat a #1 seed (Virginia).

March madness offers exactly 63 opportunities to be wowed and to root for the underdog. There are blowouts, overtime wins, and upsets. And at the end, there’s the most moving video montage in all of sports. Cue: “one shining moment”. If you’re a sports fan, what’s not to love?

Let’s explore the psychology and neuroscience of being a sports fan.