Shut the F*%$ up about Sample Size

The analytics revolution in sports has led to profound changes in the way in which sports organizations think about their teams, players play the game, and fans consume the on-field product. Perhaps the best-known heuristic in sports analytics is sample size — the number…

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We measured team chemistry in the NBA. Unsurprisingly, Boogie is a bum

After talking about team chemistry forever, we finally put our science where our mouth is and developed a team chemistry monitoring system, the Team Chemistry Index (TCI). The TCI allows us to assess an individual player’s, as well as an overall team’s,…

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Team chemistry study conclusion: Let’s get defensive

What do you do when you’re stuck on a shitty team and you can’t leave?  Comparing yourself to a better team’s performance won’t help your self-esteem; in fact, it might make you feel worse about your team and its prospects. But, what if,…

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We’re using team chemistry to increase performance for a few college football teams

There’s an old adage in psychology that says, “the best predictor for future behavior is past behavior.” This formula pretty much sums up how sports analytics works: analytical minds compile players’ previous performances, and use them to build models to predict…

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Colin Kaepernick is accidentally a brilliant psychologist

Over the last few years, there has been what feels like a never-ending spiral of police brutality, followed by protests against police brutality. Despite the cries from protestors, change is either incredibly slow, or has yet to begin altogether. Over…

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The Potential Backfire of Golf at the Olympics: Men’s Golf Still Isn’t Attracting Millennials

#SorryNotSorry @IGFgolf, because it’s true. One hundred twelve years of golf-less Olympics came to an end at tee-off of the men’s tournament on August 11th. Justin Rose of Great Britain and Inbee Park of South Korea took home the golds…

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The Cleveland Browns suck, but their TV ratings don’t

The Cleveland Browns have been a miserable football team, finishing over .500 once in the last 13 years. Yet despite their ineptitude, they’re managed to produce better TV ratings than half the league over the last 5 seasons including a…

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Talking to The People: Why You Should Be Using Social Validation

Editor’s note: This article is a continuation of our series focused on communicating findings from peer-reviewed sports psychology research to the masses. At the end of the post, you can find additional information, including a link to the original research…

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There might be hope for Jose Reyes

On Oct 31st, 2015, Jose Reyes was charged for domestic abuse for choking his wife, and throwing her into a glass door. Reyes, who was playing for the Rockies at the time, was subsequently suspended without pay; he also effectively…

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It’s All About the Team

Editor’s note: This article is a continuation of our series focused on communicating findings from peer-reviewed sports psychology research to the masses. At the end of the post, you can find additional information, including a link to the original research…

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