Home advantage at the Olympics

Sunday 12 August 2012

One of the most fascinating parts of this year's Summer Olympic Games has been the incredible performance of the UK team.  The team earned the most medals since before the First World War.  And it just so happens that the games were in London.....

With this, one has to wonder if there may be more to their success than simple athletic ability. Could psychology have also played a role?

There are clearly many factors that play a role in how well an athlete does on the day of the competition.  There may also dispositional factors in the athlete which play a role, as well as situational factors ranging from the court or stadium itself to weather to the attitude of the crowd.

Take a look at the video below to see what the psychologists are saying about the British "home court advantage."

Then, click here to see an activity which goes into more depth on the role of the "audience effect."

Tags: audience effect, home advantage, bias, sport, Olympics, confounding variable, motivation, extraneous


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