Psychology Gets in the Game: Sport, Mind, and Behavior, 1880-1960 (Google eBook)

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Christopher D. Green, Ludy T. Benjamin
U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 313 pages
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"Although sport psychology did not fully mature as a recognized discipline until the 1960s, pioneering psychologists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, making greater use of empirical research methodologies, sought to understand mental factors that affect athletic performance. Though the psychologists behind the studies described here worked independently of one another and charted their own distinct courses of inquiry, their works, taken together, provided the corpus of precedents and foundations on which the modern field of sport psychology was built. The essays collected in this volume tell the stories not only of these psychologists and their subjects but of the social and academic context that surrounded them, shaping and being shaped by their ideas"--Provided by publisher.
  

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Contents

e arly pioneers of a new branch of applied science
20
The application of new psychology methodology to athletics
78
recognizing the importance of competition
98
Early research on the acquisition of skill in archery
116
The testing of Babe R uth
144
The football charging studies at S tanford University
168
Father of North A merican sport psychology
202
Bringing psychological testing to football
230
The use of hypnosis and other psychological techniques in the 1950s and 1960s
253
The proper history of sport psychology
283
Contributors
295
Index
301
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About the author (2009)

Christopher D. Green is a professor of psychology at York University. He is the coauthor of "Early Psychological Thought: Ancient Accounts of the Mind and Soul" and the coeditor of "The Transformation of Psychology: Influences of 19th-Century Philosophy, Technology, and Natural Science." Ludy T. Benjamin Jr. is a professor of psychology at Texas A&M University and the author and editor of numerous books, including "A History of Psychology in Letters" and "A Brief History of Modern Psychology." Contributors: David Baker, Frank G. Baugh, Gunther Baumler, Angela H. Becker, Ludy T. Benjamin Jr., Stephen F. Davis, Donald A. Dewsbury, Alfred H. Fuchs, Stephen T. Graef, Christopher D. Green, C. James Goodwin, Matthew T. Huss, and Alan S. Kornspan.

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