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Judgment, Decision–making and Success in Sport. W–B Series in Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • ID: 2250569
  • Book
  • 230 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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What determines ′success′ and ′failure′ in sports? Clearly, good judgment and decision–making play a crucial role in influencing sporting outcomes, and in determining the success or failure of individual athletes, teams, coaches, and referees alike. But what do we really know about the implications of judgment and decision–making on sport?

Judgment, Decision–Making and Success in Sport introduces the fundamental approaches of Judgment and Decision–Making (JDM) research in psychology and applies them directly to a variety of JDM problems in sport. In addition to presenting a general overview of the field, several specific judgment and decision–making problems encountered by athletes, coaches, managers, and referees are considered, and recommendations are made for their effective resolution. Among the many topics addressed are the evaluation of athletic performance; motivational and emotional judgments; optimizing judgment processes; the decisions of coaches, managers, and referees; and the prediction of sports results. Enlightening and informative, Judgment, Decision–Making and Success in Sport illustrates the exciting potential of the application of JDM to the world of sports.

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1. Judgment and Decision Making as a topic of sport science.

1.1 Maximization and optimization in sport.

1.2 JDM history.

1.3 The development of JDM research in sport.

1.4 Rationale and structure of this book.

2. Theories of (social) judgment.

2.1 Psychophysics.

2.2 Social Judgment Theory.

2.3 Social cognition.

2.4 Summary.

3. Theories of decision making.

3.1 Subjective Expected Utility Theory.

3.2 Prospect Theory.

3.3 Decisional Field Theory.

3.4 Simple heuristic approach.

3.5 Summary.

4. Expertise in JDM.

4.1 What are the components of expertise in JDM?

4.2 How can we measure JDM expertise?

4.3 How can we explain JDM expertise?

4.4 How can we develop JDM expertise?

4.5 Summary.

5. Athletes.

5.1 Judging one s own performance.

5.2 What choices are athletes confronted with?

5.3 How do athletes choose?

5.4 JDM training for athletes.

5.5 Summary.

6. Managers and Coaches.

6.1 JDM as a leadership task.

6.2 Managerial JDM.

6.3 Coaches′ JDM.

7. Referees.

7.1 The tasks of referees.

7.1 Perceptual limitations.

7.2 Prior knowledge.

7.4. Rules of information integration.

7.5. Improving referees′ JDM.

8. Observers.

8.1 Biases in judgments of sport performance.

8.2 Predictions and betting.



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Michael Bar–Eli
Henning Plessner
Markus Raab
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