Cognitive Psychology in Sports

What is Cognitive Psychology?

Cognitive psychology is concerned with how we receive, process, store, and retrieve information.

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What does it have to do with sports?

Cognitive psychology is linked to sports in that it allows us to acknowledge internal mental states such as desire and motivation and also allows us to “perform” mentally.

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Mentally Practice

An example of the link between cognitive psychology and sports is when an athlete mentally practices his or her sport.  A tennis player who visually images her serve during a championship match activates the muscles that she uses in the serve.

By mentally rehearsing a specific motor pattern, she builds a cognitive template that she can activate when she competes in the championship match.  She is likely to perform better because of this cognitive rehearsal.

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