A Critical Introduction
"Very educational content presented and designed to encourage student learning and understanding. Moran has a very accessible and easy to understand language. ... Many students will be attracted by both the tone and the structure." - Karin Weman-Josefsson, Halmstad University, Sweden, in idrottsforum.org (Nordic sports studies web journal) "The main strength of this book lies in the balanced critical analysis provided by Aidan Moran. Primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, this text is an excellent example of how students should aspire to present and evaluate research. Key constructs are highlighted and explained in a straightforward manner and the contemporary examples really help to bring the subject to life." - Doug MacDonald, University of Stirling, UK, in Sport & Exercise Psychology Review "This is an outstanding and very accessible book that presents a comprehensive roadmap of the main topics, theories and research findings in contemporary sport and exercise psychology. Aidan Moran has produced an extremely valuable book that offers important insights into, and up-to-date explanations of, key topics in this field." - Aymeric Guillot, Associate Professor, University of Lyon, France "The second edition of Aidan Moran's excellent text provides a broad-reaching update of the discipline, integrating new issues with the old. Researchers and students alike will appreciate, as I did, the clarity with which the author approaches the topic, examines the implications, and bridges gaps both between topics and between theory and practice. I for one will use this critical introduction when next I teach sport and exercise psychology" - Rich Masters, Professor of Human Performance, The University of Hong Kong
Aidan P. Moran is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College Dublin. A Fulbright Scholar, he has written fifteen books and many scientific papers on cognitive processes such as mental imagery and attention (including eye-tracking) in athletes. He is the Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology (IRSEP; Taylor & Francis, Abingdon).
Part 1: Introducing Sport and Exercise Psychology Introducing Sport and Exercise Psychology: Discipline and Profession Part 2: Exploring Athletic Performance: Key Constructs Motivation and Goal-Setting in Sport. "Psyching Up" and Calming Down: Anxiety in Sport. Staying Focused in Sport: Concentration in Sport Performers. Using Imagination in Sport: Mental Imagery and Mental Practice in Athletes. What Lies Beneath the Surface? Investigating Expertise in Sport Part 3: Team Cohesion Exploring Team Cohesion in Sport: A Critical Perspective Part 4: Exploring Health, Exercise and Injury Does a Healthy Body Always Lead to a Healthy Mind? Exploring Exercise Psychology. Helping Athletes to Cope with Injury: From Theory to Practice