Springfield College Hosts Sport Psychology Expert Costas Karageorghis


The Springfield College Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies hosted sport psychology expert Costas Karageorghis on Monday, Sept. 14, in the Fuller Arts Center. Karageorghis’ presentation, “All About That Bass: The Power of Music in Exercise and Sport,” focused on his research and applied work in the area of music-related interventions in exercise and sport. 

Karageorghis’ interactive presentation explores the structured use of music as a means by which the mindset and outcomes for those involved in exercise and sport can be optimized. The early part of the lecture will deal with key concepts, theoretical approaches, and recent empirical research. Thereafter, a series of applied examples will serve to bring the theoretical principles to life. Some of these examples will draw upon the findings of recent collaborative work between Brunel University London and the College. 

A reader in sport psychology in the Department of Life Sciences at Brunel University London, Karageorghis has worked with many United Kingdom national governing bodies of sport as a consultant psychologist. He also has collaborated with several multinational companies including Nike, Red Bull, Sony, Spotify, Speedo, and the International Management Group.

Karageorghis’ scientific output includes more than 150 scholarly articles, 10 book chapters, and the popular textbook titled Inside Sport Psychology. He has just completed a second textbook titled Applying Music in Exercise and Sport, which will be released by Human Kinetics early in 2016. His music-related work has been the subject of six television documentaries, including one for the Discovery Channel that resulted in more than 100,000 media-related Google citations.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News Media Group, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.