On Emotion in Sport: Theoretical and Social Psychological Perspectives

Vallerand, Robert J.
June 1983
Journal of Sport Psychology;1983, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p197
Academic Journal
The article presents a critical assessment of four major cognitive theories of emotion, and an examination of their strengths and weakness when applied to sports psychology. A formulation of issues for a social psychology of emotion in sport is presented. To fully understand emotion as experienced by sport participants elements from all theories of emotion should be considered.


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