Confucius says…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2010 in Psychology | 4 comments

How many of us wonder what it must be like to be the guy who has the world’s best job? Usually, said person has found a way to earn a living doing something they love. And how many of us then think “lucky guy but that’s never going to happen to me?” I would imagine that thought that work work could or should be something you love doing never crossed my grand-father’s mind. Then, for the general man in the street...

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The Dave Rastovich connection

Posted by on Mar 18, 2010 in Psychology | 3 comments

I owe a lot to Dave Rastovich. I have never met Dave and he’s never met me. In fact most of what I know about Dave comes from the one surfing DVD I own, Blue Horizon (Amazon, YouTube). And to be precise it was Dave’s Dad who inspired an idea – an idea that in part led to this blog. A little about Dave… Dave “Ratsa” Rastovich has every surfer’s dream job. He gets paid for free surfing the best waves...

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Perceived exertion and lactate threshold

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Sports Psychology | 1 comment

You may have guess that I am more than a little obsessed with the perception of fatigue. Having completed the Cape Argus Cycle Tour this weekend and having had a taste of being in the saddle for 5 hours, and then looking ahead to the Wines2Whales 3 day mountain bike stage race in November, you can imagine that the topic is very relevant for me, and hopefully for some of you other crazy folk out there. Picture this, you’ve been riding for...

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Real or perceived fatigue during the Cape Argus Cycle Tour

Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in Cognitive Neuroscience, Sports Psychology | 3 comments

I have talked about the perception of fatigue. In my previous post I mentioned that Professor Tim Noakes states that “the brain, when it senses that the athlete is overstretching him- or herself, sets off a series of sensations that the body translates as symptoms of fatigue. The brain does so to protect itself, the heart and the rest of the body. “Its main function is to make sure you don’t get into trouble in whatever exercise...

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Memory, perceptions and positive thinking

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010 in Psychology | 2 comments

In the last couple of posts (sadly more than a month ago – sorry) I talked about awareness and attention, remembering, forgetting and how, under certain conditions, our memories are altered. Our memories are fragile. We do not commit to memory everything we see, and we do not remember everything we have committed to memory. We can never be one hundred percent sure that we remembered something. Moreover, our memories guide what we expect...

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