Psychology Gets in the Game: Sport, Mind, and Behavior, 1880-1960

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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"Providing excellent case studies of how experimental psychology was carried out in its early years, psychologists Christopher Green and Ludy Benjamin offer a look at those who did early work on what is now known as sport psychology."—S. R. Flora, Choice

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"Providing excellent case studies of how experimental psychology was carried out in its early years, psychologists Christopher Green and Ludy Benjamin offer a look at those who did early work on what is now known as sport psychology."—S. R. Flora, Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803222267
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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, Günther Bäumler, 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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction: The Origins Contents of Sport Psychology Ludy. T Benjamin Jr. Christopher D. Green 1

1 The Dawn of Sport Psychology in Europe, 1880-1930: Early Pioneers of a New Branch, of Applied Science Günther Bäumler 20

2 E. W. Scripture: The Application of "New Psychology" Methodology to Athletics C. James Goodwin 78

3 Norman Triplett: Recognizing the Importance of Competition Stephen F. Davis Matthew T. Huss Angela H. Becker 98

4 Karl S. Lashley and John B. Watson: Early Research on the Acquisition of Skill in Archery Donald A. Dewsbury 116

5 Psychology and Baseball: The Testing of Babe Ruth Alfred H. Fuchs 144

6 An Offensive Advantage: The Football Charging Studies at Stanford University Frank G. Baugh Ludy T. Benjamin Jr. 168

7 Coleman Roberts Griffith: "Father" of North American Sport Psychology Christopher D. Green 202

8 Paul Brown: Bringing Psychological Testing to Football Stephen T. Graff Alan S. Kornspan David Baker 230

9 Enhancing Performance in Sport: The Use of Hypnosis and Other Psychological Techniques in the 1950s and 1960s Alan S. Kornspan 253

Conclusion: The "Proper" History of Sport Psychology Christopher D. Green Ludy T. benjamin Jr. 283

Contributors 295

Index 301

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