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Judgment, Decision-making and Success in Sport



Judgment, Decision-making and Success in Sport

Michael Bar-Eli, Henning Plessner, Markus Raab

ISBN: 978-1-119-97693-6 August 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 192 Pages


Judgment, Decision-Making and Success in Sport presents a thorough overview and assessment of the study of Judgment and Decision-Making (JDM) in sports psychology, and represents an important source of information for those interested in the possible causes and reasons for success and failure in sport.
  • The only book to apply the principles of JDM to sport
  • Applies theory to practice by looking at problems of athletes, coaches, and referees and providing recommendations for dealing with them
  • Offers an overview of current JDM research
  • Useful for psychologists, physical education teachers, sports scientists, and researchers in this field
Preface vii

Judgement and Decision Making as a Topic of Sport Science 1

Maximization and optimization in sport 3

JDM history 4

The development of JDM research in sport 6

Rationale and structure of this book 10

Theories of (Social) Judgement 13

Psychophysics 16

Social judgement theory 18

Social cognition 19

Summary 25

Theories of Decision Making 27

Subjective expected utility theory 31

Prospect theory 32

Decisional field theory 33

Simple heuristic approach 35

Summary 37

Expertise in JDM 39

What are the components of expertise in JDM? 42

How can we measure JDM expertise? 43

How can we explain JDM expertise? 46

How can we develop JDM expertise? 47

Summary 48

Athletes 51

Judging one’s own performance 53

What choices are athletes confronted with? 59

How do athletes choose? 66

JDM training for athletes 78

Summary 89

Managers and Coaches 91

JDM as a leadership task 93

Managerial JDM 95

Coaches’ JDM 108

Summary 121

Referees 123

The tasks of referees 126

Perceptual limitations 127

Prior knowledge 132

Rules of information integration 136

Improving referees’ JDM 139

Summary 143

Observers 145

Biases in judgements of sport performance 148

Predictions and betting 154

Summary 160

References 163

Author Index 189

Subject Index 201