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Flow and Clutch States in Exercise

Members of the MTOUGH Research Group have previously and are currently engaged in a number of research projects with international collaborators. Recently, Dr Trish Jackman collaborated with Dr Christian Swann (lead author – Southern Cross University, Australia), Matthew Schweickle (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Dr Stewart Vella (University of Wollongong, Australia) on a paper that…
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Mentally Tough Behaviours in Extreme Environments

I am pleased to report that our latest paper, a qualitative examination of the perceptions of elite high-altitude mountaineers, is now published online and available to view. You can use the following link or cut and paste into your browser to access the paper https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2159676X.2018.1494622. Particular thanks are due to the journal editors and staff working…
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Forthcoming Papers

Some good news to report is that members of MTOUGH have been involved with a couple of research papers (one quantitative, one qualitative) that have been accepted for publication. The first was a collaboration led by Dr Richard Cowden (Vanderbilt University) which examined mental toughness and self-forgiveness in tennis players. Many thanks are due to…
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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Later this week (from June 15th) there will be a post advertised on https://jobs.lincoln.ac.uk for a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Lincoln. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will also become a member of MTOUGH and contribute to our scholarly activity. All interested individuals should wait for the post to…
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A Softer Side to Mental Toughness?

The MTOUGH team comprises of researchers at the University of Lincoln, but it could not survive without the many external collaborators that we have had the pleasure to work with over the years. We regularly publish work with national and international researchers and it is these collaborations, that for me at least, helps to advance knowledge and brings innovation. The…
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Trish Jackman PhD Awarded

Some good news to start 2018. Further to her successful viva defence in 2017, Trish Jackman was recently awarded a doctoral degree for a thesis entitled “The relationship between mental toughness and the psychological states underlying excellent performance in sport”. Building on existing work by the MTough Research Group examining the relationship between mental toughness…
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Recent BASES/FEPSAC Conference Reflections

MTOUGH researcher Dr Adam Coussens offers a useful overview of the recent conference in Nottingham, UK. As an academic I always look forward to attending research conferences, especially my first BASES/FEPSAC conference. It provided an excellent opportunity to engage with fellow researchers, present my own research through a poster presentation, and listen to the latest…
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PhD Success

The MTOUGH group are delighted to announce that one current member, Patricia (Trish) Jackman, has successfully defended her PhD thesis and completed all required minor corrections. Trish took previous MTOUGH research concerning the established relationship between mental toughness and dispositional flow (optimal performance state relating to an altered state of consciousness) and advanced knowledge using…
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IJSP Special Edition: Mental Toughness

Over the summer, the International Journal of Sport Psychology published a special “double” edition on mental toughness. The journal includes papers that take a variety of approaches to further understand mental toughness and add to the burgeoning research area. I am very pleased to report that studies from the PhD research of Lizzie Stamp and…
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