Why exactly are scientists so interested in runners’ thoughts?
Dr. Ashley Samson, an associate professor of kinesiology at California State University in Northridge who led the new research, told The Huffington Post in an email that the data may help pinpoint the kinds of thoughts that might lead to better performances.
“This is one of the only studies to utilize a method to collect data that gathers it ‘as it happens’ and does not rely on the runners’ memories,” Samson said in the email. “For future studies, we are planning to overlay the transcripts with GPS data from the participants’ runs so that we can start to connect specific thoughts with drops or increases in performance.”
And so, the race isn’t over yet!
The new research was published online in the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology on July 25, 2015.
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