Where Have All the Handouts Gone? … Long Time Passing

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 Springfield College
  • 2 University of North Texas
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Poster sessions have become a standard feature at sport psychology conferences. Although these sessions are intended to facilitate interaction between presenters and audience members, recent research suggests that the exchange of information in poster sessions is less than optimal (Rienzi & Allen, 1994). This study examined the extent to which authors of poster presentations at a sport psychology conference mailed handouts or manuscripts containing details of their presentations to interested colleagues. Results indicated that authors of only 39% of the posters responded to the requests for written information, and some of those responses were not timely. By failing to provide handouts or manuscripts to interested individuals, poster presenters may impede scientific and applied progress. Presenters are encouraged to honor their ethical and professional obligations to disseminate information on their work to the sport psychology community.

Britton W. Brewer is with the Center for Performance Enhancement, Department of Psychology, at Springfield College, Springfield, MA01109; Christine L. Buntrock and Nancy S. Diehl are both with the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas, Denton TX 76203; and Judy L. Van Raalte is with the Department of Psychology at Springfield College.