About the Project
Ongoing specific research programmes are clustered around the following topics:
• Boundaries of ‘human enhancement’ and the hypermodern body in sport and exercise
• Doping prevention and harm reduction in fitness and amateur sports;
• Problem based learning for anti-doping (both in amateur and elite competitive sports) and values-based anti-doping education;
• Methods for establishing and monitoring doping prevalence;
• Perceptions of anti-doping legitimacy;
• The role of implicit social cognition in doping (i.e., what do the response time based tests such as the implicit association tests tell us?);
• The role of whistleblowing in doping control in elite sports;
• Alternative approaches to doping control in elite sports;
• Development of the performance mindset and its impact on performance enhancement.
Applications relating to any of these topics are welcome, particularly from applicants with diverse academic background and multidisciplinary skills. Candidates trained in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies are equally encouraged to apply.
Successful PhD candidate(s) will join a vibrant multidisciplinary team and benefit from the group’s extensive international collaboration network. Depending on the topic, financial support via paid research assistantship(s) may be available.
The Safe You Project:
Lazuras, L., Barkoukis, V., Loukovitis, A., Brand, R., Hudson, A., Mallia, L., ... & Zelli, A. (2017). “I Want It All, and I Want It Now”: Lifetime prevalence and reasons for using and abstaining from controlled performance and appearance enhancing substances (PAES) among young exercisers and amateur athletes in five European countries. Frontiers in Psychology, 8.
Ulrich, R., Pope, Jr, H.G., Cléret, L., Petróczi, A., Nepusz, T., Schaffer, J., Kanayama, G., Comstock, R.D., & Simon, P. Doping in elite sports assessed by randomized-response surveys. Sports Medicine (in press)
Petróczi, A. (2013). The doping mindset—Part I: Implications of the functional use theory on mental representations of doping. Performance Enhancement & Health, 2(4), 153-163. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211266914000061
Petróczi, A. (2013). The doping mindset–Part II: Potentials and pitfalls in capturing athletes’ doping attitudes with response-time methodology. Performance Enhancement & Health, 2(4), 164-181.
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