The Importance Of Sport Psychology

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Introduction: Sport psychology is the study of psychological knowledge and skills in the developmental and social aspects in sports participation. There are many different processes and research methods that play a critical role in shaping an athlete 's mind. In this report, we will discuss how these processes and research methods help maintain and impact athletes ' well-being and performance. Chapter 1: Psychology (An Evolution) Theme 5: (Behavior is Shaped by Cultural Heritage) Behaviour is shaped by cultural heritage, where culture is defined as shared norms across communities and generations (Weiten, 2013). Matsumoto and Juang (2008) state that cultural heritage largely impacts emotions and thoughts (as cited in Weiten, 2013, p.26). Sports psychology is similarly affected. For example, Brazilians are more interested in soccer because it is part of their culture. While, for Americans, football is more highly regarded. This shows that in different parts of the world, the support among sports differs. Theme 7: (People’s Experience of the World is Highly Subjective) Experiences of the world by people are subjective. This means depending on a person’s motives and expectations, their sensory perceptions can differ. Hastorf and Cantril (1954) and Kelley (1950) illustrated that people tend to see things they want to see and see what they expect respectively (as cited in Weiten, 2013, p.27). In sports psychology, it shows that people see differently based on one’s

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