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Visiting Ballarat

I have an opportunity to visit the University of Ballarat this week and I am looking forward to meeting staff in the School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences. The School is holding a two-day workshop and I have been invited to join them. I have prepared a presentation titled Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. In my presentation I would like to discuss the 'edgeless' characteristics discussed by Robert E. Lang and Peter Bradwell in order to explore some possibilities for personal professional development. I think Charles Leadbeater's ideas will help too. I am fascinated by personal stories. I like the idea...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...

Understanding stories, connecting messages

Introduction On 26 July the New Scientist carried news of research by Greg Stephens, Lauren Silbert and  Uri Hasson at Princeton University. New Scientist noted that "There's now scientific backing for the old adage that when two people "click" in conversation, they have a meeting of minds. The evidence comes from fMRI scans of 11 people's brains as they listened to a woman recounting a story." Research Findings The abstract of the research paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy indicates that: Verbal communication is a joint activity; however, speech production and comprehension have primarily been analyzed as...