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Paul McCarthy


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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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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Research Output 2004 2019

A grounded theory study of meta-attention among golfers

Oliver, A., McCarthy, P. & Burns, L., 10 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : The Sport Psychologist.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Grounded Theory

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

Douglass, M. D., Bain, S. A., Cooke, D. J. & McCarthy, P., 1 Sep 2019, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 147, p. 292-296 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Internal-External Control
Self Concept

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


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 Media. 130 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

mental health

Using CBT to work with and understand individual athletes

McCarthy, P. J., 2018, Sport psychology for young athletes. Knight, C. J., Harwood, C. G. & Gould, D. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge , p. 255-264

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Research Personnel
Youth Sports
Sports Psychology