The Development of Professional Judgment and Decision Making Expertise in Applied Sport Psychology

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Amanda Martindale University of Edinburgh

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This paper establishes current theoretical understanding on the development of professional judgment and decision-making (PJDM) expertise within applied sport psychology (ASP). Traditional and naturalistic paradigms of decision making are contrasted and the resulting blending of systematic analysis and intuition most appropriate for applied practice is explained through the concept of skilled intuition (Kahneman & Klein, 2009). Conditions for the development of skilled intuition are considered alongside recognition of the fragility of human judgment and the subtleties of the ASP environment. Key messages from cognitive psychology literature on the development of PJDM expertise are offered and recommendations made to facilitate the acquisition of decision-making expertise in ASP.

Martindale is with the Institute of Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Collins is with the Institute of Coaching and Performance, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

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