Psychophysiology of Sport/Exer
Psychophysiology of Sport and Exercise 2023-24
School of Psychology & Sport Science
Module - Semester 1
The course is delivered by two sport and exercise psychophysiologists who have published their research in some of the leading scientific journals in the field including the discipline flagship "Psychophysiology" and "Biological Psychology" outlets. You will be taught the fundamental principals of psychophysiological signal acquisition, signal processing and inference. This content will be illustrated via lectures and discussions of some landmark sport psychophysiology papers. Example topics covered include: The psychophysiology of preparation for action (how the mind can slow the heart); Event-related-potential research (how brainwaves can be used to shed light on information processing in sport); Exercise and cognition (how exercise can influence psychophysiological reactivity and cognitive performance). The content will be bought to life via lab practical classes running alongside the lectures, where you will learn how to record psychophysiological signals (e.g., electrocardiogram, electromyogram) and will experience taking part in your own psychophysiological experiment.
- Ability to reflect upon and show understanding of psychophysiological signal acquisition, processing and inference.
- Compose a scientific report of a psychophysiological experiment
- Critically evaluate key papers applying psychophysiological techniques to sport and exercise.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
The Exam will last 2 hours and will include 60 multiple-choice questions. Each question has only one correct answer. The questions will test your knowledge of the paradigms and experimental findings in the sport/exercise psychophysiology literature, understanding of the theoretical issues which have arisen from empirical results, and the practical implications of the theoretical concepts. Within-lecture task activities will be used to prepare you for the exam. Sample questions will be provided during lectures prior to the exam.
This assessment is made of two brief lab reports. Each report consists of a 100-word short paragraph to be submitted via the Blackboard website. The paragraph needs to describe the recording protocol associated with the specific lab.