Professor Costas Karageorghis

Talk: “When it hits, you feel no pain”: A Potpourri of Music-Related Application

From the dawn of human civilization, ancient cultures sought to combine sounds in a manner that influenced the human psyche. Given recent advances in digital technologies, music applications have come to be de rigueur in the realm of health, exercise and physical activity. The speaker will explore the structured and systematic use of music as a means by which to improve the exercise experience, while also touching on other domains from his body of work, that will include elite sport and simulated driving. A theoretical model (Karageorghis, 2016) will serve as the lodestar for a series of empirical studies and associated music-related applications. In terms of an underlying structure, music-related interventions can be applied in three key ways: pre-task, in-task and post-task. Music can be used pre-task as a tool with which to manipulate psychological state; most often as a mild stimulant. It can be used in-task, either synchronously or asynchronously, with the synchronous application holding particular benefits for endurance-type performance. The post-task application of music remains at a nascent stage in research terms; nonetheless, initial evidence shows how music can expedite exercise recovery. The music-related applications will be critically appraised to enable suggestions regarding for whom and under which circumstances they might be most appropriate. The lecture will be of particular interest to academics, practitioners, pracademics and postgraduate students working in the domain of exercise and health.

Professor Costas Karageorghis’ expertise is in sport and exercise psychology. He is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Chartered Scientist (Science Council) and Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His scientific output includes over 200 scholarly articles, 14 chapters in edited texts and the text Inside Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics), which has been translated into Polish, Turkish and Farsi. He has recently published a second text, Applying Music in Exercise and Sport (Human Kinetics), as well as an associated study guide. Costas’s research has been featured extensively in the national and international media over a 25-year period. He has been a keynote or invited speaker at venues throughout the world, including the delivery of a public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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