Neural, Mood, and Endocrine Responses in Elite Athletes Relative to Successful and Failed Performance Videos

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
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  • 1 Swimming Canada and Private Practice, Calgary
  • 2 University of Michigan
  • 3 University of British Columbia
  • 4 Columbia University
  • 5 Emory University School of Medicine
  • 6 Simon Fraser University
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In this follow-up study, self-referential videos of success and failure were used for mood provocation to investigate mood, neural, and endocrine activity among 26 internationally competitive athletes using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and salivary hormone measures. The initial sample of 14 athletes who had experienced career-threatening failure was contrasted to 12 athletes with exceptional success. Endocrine data were added to the preliminary report to round

Hap Davis is in private practice at 354, 401-9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. T2P 3C5, E-mail: hapdavis@gmail.com. Sari van Anders is with the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Todd Woodward and Elton Ngan are with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Jared Van Snellenberg is with the Department of Psychology at Columbia University in New York. Helen Mayberg is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Mario Liotti is with the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Canada.