Performance Psychology in Sports and Business
Full course description
“Success is a journey, not a destination” (Arthur Ashe)
In this course students increase their insight on how people increase their mental toughness and overcome problems that impede them from performing at their best. They will become acquainted with some of the psychological processes and skills that are associated with people’s ability to tap into their potential. Specific topics covered will focus on psychological factors and skills on the individual level. Topics studied will include mental imagery, focusing, confidence, coping with anxiety and setbacks, and the psychology behind the use of performance enhancing drugs. While most of the examples in the course manual to illustrate the concepts and trigger discussion come from the sport or business field, there is ample of room in the course to apply the gathered knowledge to other areas requiring people to perform (e.g. rehabilitation/ patients; emergency careers (such as first-aid doctors, fire fighters), education etc... Students will have vast opportunities to decide on what they want to learn about the performance psychological concepts/theories introduced in the course.
After this course
- you are able to argue why and when a certain career or role should be classified as high performance field.
- you are able to explain psychological concepts, ideas and theories relevant to the study of perofrmance psychology.
- you are able to support your view on a given performance psychology question/issue using relevant psychological concepts, ideas and theories obtained from academic sources.
- you are able to critique points made/arguments provided on a given performance psychology question/issue.
- you are able to demonstrate how psychological concepts, ideas and theories can explain performance in real-life.
- you are able to hypothesize/question why a performance situation/observation occurred or did not occur using psychological concepts, ideas and theories.
One psychology course at the bachelor level or in possession of a waiver. If you want to be eligible for a waiver, you should be highly motivated to follow this course and willing to put in extra effort.