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About Paul J McCarthy

Paul McCarthy, BSc, MSc, PhD, C. Psychol. is a lecturer in psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. His research spans social, cognitive and biological psychology. In particular, he is interested in three lines of research. First, understanding how emotions (especially positive emotions) influence motivation and attention in sport performers. This research also examines the development of expertise from a social (e.g., developmental activities) and cognitive perspective (e.g., expert-novice differences in learning using eye-tracking). Second, he and his colleagues challenge and threat motivation in sport performers from a social and biological psychology perspective. Finally, he explores interventions to examine how teams could perform more effectively through personal disclosure and mutual sharing.
The following research questions are under investigation:
How does personality related to swing speed among golfers?
Do expert/novice differences emerge in green reading among golfers?
Could writing about putting performance help golfers putt better?
Does age affect putting performance in professional golf?
Does induced positive emotion enhance attention on mental and physical tasks?


Present Faculty Member, Glasgow Caledonian University


Research Interests

Sport and Exercise Psychology and Social Psychology

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