Dr. Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy
Postal address:
Glasgow Caledonian University
70 Cowcaddens Road
United Kingdom

Research interests

My research falls mainly within the positive psychology domain with a particular emphasis on enhancing human performance in achievement settings (e.g., sport, education, business). I am especially interested in understanding how positive emotions influence motivation and attention in sport performers. My colleagues and I examine challenge and threat motivation in sport performers from a social and biological psychology perspective. I also explore how sport psychologists can best help athletes to excel in sport. Finally, I am currently exploring issues related to embodied cognition which is the notion that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind. 

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  1. Published

    Embracing positive psychology ideas and interventions within sport and exercise consultancy

    McCarthy, P. 2018 Positive psychology in sport and physical activity: An introduction. Brady, A. & Grenville-Cleave, B. (eds.). 1 ed. Abingdon: Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Published

    Mental Health Challenges in Elite Sport: Balancing Risk with Reward

    MacIntyre, T. E. (ed.), Van Raalte, J. (ed.), Brewer, B. W. (ed.), Jones, M. (ed.), O’Shea, D. (ed.) & McCarthy, P. J. (ed.) Jan 2018 Switzerland: Frontiers. 130 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Accepted/In press

    The role of self-esteem and locus-of-control in determining confession outcomes

    Douglass, M. D., Bain, S. A., Cooke, D. J. & McCarthy, P. 6 May 2019 In : Personality and Individual Differences.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  1. Population Health - Increasing Physical Activity in Glasgow

    Activity: Business and communityConsultancy (in kind)

  2. The Psychology of Great Leaders and Managers in Sport

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

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