What is performance psychology?


Performance psychology is the study and application of psychological principles of human performance to help people consistently perform in the upper range of their capabilities and more thoroughly enjoy the performance process.

Performance psychologists are uniquely trained and specialized to engage in a broad range of activities, including

  • the identification, development, and execution of the mental and emotional knowledge, skills, and abilities required for excellence in performance domains;
  • the understanding, diagnosing, and preventing of the psychological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and psychophysiological inhibitors of consistent, excellent performance; and
  • the improvement of performance environments to facilitate more efficient development, consistent execution, and positive experiences in performers (Portenga, Aoyagi, & Cohen, 2012, p. 9).