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Professor Adam Nicholls

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Adam Nicholls

Professor of Psychology/ Leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching Group


Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater: The Dark Triad, Attitudes towards Doping, and Cheating Behavior among Athletes (2019)
Journal Article
Nicholls, A. (in press). Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater: The Dark Triad, Attitudes towards Doping, and Cheating Behavior among Athletes. European journal of sport science : the official journal of the European College of Sport Science, https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2019.1694079

We examined the relationships between the Dark Triad personality traits (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy), attitudes towards doping, and cheating behavior among athletes. One-hundred and sixty-four athletes completed a questionnaire tha... Read More about Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin Eater: The Dark Triad, Attitudes towards Doping, and Cheating Behavior among Athletes.

The development and validation of the Adolescent Sport Drug Inventory (ASDI) among athletes from four continents (2019)
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Nicholls, A. R., Levy, A. R., Meir, R., Sanctuary, C., Jones, L., Baghurst, T., …Perry, J. L. (in press). The development and validation of the Adolescent Sport Drug Inventory (ASDI) among athletes from four continents. Psychological assessment, https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000750

A significant barrier to understanding the psycho-social antecedents of doping use among adolescent athletes is the lack of valid measures. In order to address this issue, the first aim of this paper was to develop and validate the Adolescent Sport D... Read More about The development and validation of the Adolescent Sport Drug Inventory (ASDI) among athletes from four continents.

The dark triad in male and female athletes and non-athletes: Group differences and psychometric properties of the short dark triad (SD3) (2019)
Journal Article
Vaughn, R., Madigan, D., Carter, G., & Nicholls, A. (2019). The dark triad in male and female athletes and non-athletes: Group differences and psychometric properties of the short dark triad (SD3). Psychology of sport and exercise, 43, 64-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.01.002

Objectives: The Short Dark Triad (SD3) is a popular, brief measure of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy, which are known as the Dark Triad. The present study had two aims. First, to assess the psychometric properties of the SD3 with a foc... Read More about The dark triad in male and female athletes and non-athletes: Group differences and psychometric properties of the short dark triad (SD3).

The prevalence and influence of psychosocial factors on technical refinement amongst highly-skilled tennis players (2018)
Journal Article
Toner, J., Carson, H. J., Collins, D., & Nicholls, A. (in press). The prevalence and influence of psychosocial factors on technical refinement amongst highly-skilled tennis players. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-17. doi:10.1080/1612197x.2018.1511621

The present study investigated the prevalence and influence of psychosocial factors amongst a sample of highly-skilled athletes who had previously attempted to refine their technique. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with eight t... Read More about The prevalence and influence of psychosocial factors on technical refinement amongst highly-skilled tennis players.

The prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas and neuromyths among sports coaches (2018)
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Bailey, R. P., Madigan, D. J., Cope, E., & Nicholls, A. R. (2018). The prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas and neuromyths among sports coaches. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(MAY), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00641

There has been an exponential growth in research examining the neurological basis of human cognition and learning. Little is known, however, about the extent to which sports coaches are aware of these advances. Consequently, the aim of the present st... Read More about The prevalence of pseudoscientific ideas and neuromyths among sports coaches.

The independent and interactive effects of the big five personality dimensions upon dispositional coping and coping effectiveness in sport (2017)
Journal Article
Kaiseler, M., Levy, A., Nicholls, A. R., & Madigan, D. J. (2019). The independent and interactive effects of the big five personality dimensions upon dispositional coping and coping effectiveness in sport. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 17(4), 410-426. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2017.1362459

We examined the independent and interactive effects of the Big-Five personality traits on dispositional coping and coping effectiveness among athletes. Participants were 400 athletes (mean age 22.97, s =7.00) from the United Kingdom. The athletes com... Read More about The independent and interactive effects of the big five personality dimensions upon dispositional coping and coping effectiveness in sport.

Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship predict the attainment of mastery achievement goals six months later : a two-wave longitudinal study among F.A. Premier League academy soccer players (2017)
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Nicholls, A. R., Earle, K., Earle, F., & Madigan, D. J. (2017). Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship predict the attainment of mastery achievement goals six months later : a two-wave longitudinal study among F.A. Premier League academy soccer players. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00684

All football teams that compete within the F. A. Premier League possess an academy, whose objective is to produce more and better home-grown players that are capable of playing professionally. These young players spend a large amount of time with the... Read More about Perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship predict the attainment of mastery achievement goals six months later : a two-wave longitudinal study among F.A. Premier League academy soccer players.

Personality traits and performance enhancing drugs : the dark triad and doping attitudes among competitive athletes (2017)
Journal Article
Nicholls, A. R., Madigan, D. J., Backhouse, S. H., & Levy, A. R. (2017). Personality traits and performance enhancing drugs : the dark triad and doping attitudes among competitive athletes. Personality and individual differences, 112, 113-116. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.062

The use of performance enhancing drugs, also known as doping, can represent a serious threat to an athlete’s psychological and physical health and contravenes the spirit of sport. Scholars identified attitudes towards doping as a crucial factor that... Read More about Personality traits and performance enhancing drugs : the dark triad and doping attitudes among competitive athletes.

The psychological challenges of living with an ileostomy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (2017)
Journal Article
Smith, J. A., Spiers, J., Simpson, P., Nicholls, A. R., Nicholls, A., & Smith, J. (2017). The psychological challenges of living with an ileostomy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Health Psychology, 36(2), 143-151. https://doi.org/10.1037/hea0000427

Objectives: Ileostomy, in which the small intestine is re-directed out of an abdominal wall so that waste is collected using a bag, is used to treat conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease and colorectal cancer. This paper reports an in depth... Read More about The psychological challenges of living with an ileostomy: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis (2017)
Journal Article
Spiers, J., Nicholls, A., & Simpson, P. (2017). Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis. International journal of applied psychology, 7(1), 10-18. doi:10.5923/j.ijap.20170701.02

Ileostomies, in which the small intestine is re-directed out of a stoma in the stomach so that waste is collected using a bag, are using to treat conditions such as bowel cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Previous research has shown that life wi... Read More about Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis.