Judgment, Decision-making and Success in Sport
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Judgment, Decision-Making and Success in Sport presents a thorough overview and assessment of the study of Judgment and Decision-Making (JDM) in sports psychology, and represents an important source of information for those interested in the possible causes and reasons for success and failure in sport.
  • The only book to apply the principles of JDM to sport
  • Applies theory to practice by looking at problems of athletes, coaches, and referees and providing recommendations for dealing with them
  • Offers an overview of current JDM research
  • Useful for psychologists, physical education teachers, sports scientists, and researchers in this field


Michael Bar-Eli is the Nat Holman Chair in Sports Research at the Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management and Head of the Management Studies program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He is also Senior Vice President of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology.

Henning Plessner is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Leipzig. His main research areas are Judgment and Decision-Making in sports and the psychology of intuition.

Markus Raab is Department Head of Performance Psychology at the German Sport University Cologne. He is Editor of the German Journal of Sport Psychology, Section Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Editorial Board Member of Psychology of Sport and Exercise.


1. Judgment and Decision Making as a topic of sport science.

1.1 Maximization and optimization in sport.

1.2 JDM history.

1.3 The development of JDM research in sport.

1.4 Rationale and structure of this book.

2. Theories of (social) judgment.

2.1 Psychophysics.

2.2 Social Judgment Theory.

2.3 Social cognition.

2.4 Summary.

3. Theories of decision making.

3.1 Subjective Expected Utility Theory.

3.2 Prospect Theory.

3.3 Decisional Field Theory.

3.4 Simple heuristic approach.

3.5 Summary.

4. Expertise in JDM.

4.1 What are the components of expertise in JDM?

4.2 How can we measure JDM expertise?

4.3 How can we explain JDM expertise?

4.4 How can we develop JDM expertise?

4.5 Summary.

5. Athletes.

5.1 Judging one’s own performance.

5.2 What choices are athletes confronted with?

5.3 How do athletes choose?

5.4 JDM training for athletes.

5.5 Summary.

6. Managers and Coaches.

6.1 JDM as a leadership task.

6.2 Managerial JDM.

6.3 Coaches' JDM.

7. Referees.

7.1 The tasks of referees.

7.1 Perceptual limitations.

7.2 Prior knowledge.

7.4. Rules of information integration.

7.5. Improving referees' JDM.

8. Observers.

8.1 Biases in judgments of sport performance.

8.2 Predictions and betting.