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Dr Nick Stanger

About Dr Nick Stanger

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Level 5 Leader on the (BSc) Sport & Exercise Science course. He is an active researcher with research interests that primarily focus on morality and emotion in sport.

Nick joined the Carnegie School of Sport during the summer of 2013. He completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Christopher Ring and Dr Maria Kavussanu where he investigated the regulatory role of emotion in antisocial behaviour in sport. He also previously worked as a Lecturer in Exercise Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University and Associate Lecturer at the University of Exeter.

Nick has a number of research interests that mainly centre around emotion and morality in sport. Specifically, Nick's research focuses on investigating the antecedents and consequences of moral behaviour in sport, the influence of emotions on attention and sport performance as well as the role of sport on the moral and social development of young people. He has published his work in a number of prestigious peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Moreover, Nick has successfully gained internal and external research grant funding for his work. He frequently acts as a peer reviewer for a number of journals as well as acted as a project reviewer for external research funding councils.

Nick is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and contributes to teaching on a range of modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate provision.

Current Teaching

  • Module Leader:
    • Psychology for Physical Educators (Level 4)
    • Learning and Development in Sport and Exercise (MSc)
  • Teaching:
    • Psychology for Physical Educators (Level 4)
    • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (Level 4)
    • ABC’s of Sport and Exercise Behaviour (Level 5)
    • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Level 5)
    • Professional Development in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Level 5)
    • Learning and Development in Sport & Exercise (MSc)
    • Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (MSc)
  • Research Supervision:
    • Undergraduate Dissertation (Level 6)
    • MSc Major Independent Study (Level 7)
  • PhD Supervision:
    • Eoin Murray (Director of Studies)
    • Andrew Jennings (Supervisor)

Research Interests

To date, Nick’s research has primarily investigated factors that activate (e.g., empathy) or disengage the regulatory role of emotions in antisocial sport behaviour. His work has focused on taking an experimental approach to understand potential determinants of antisocial behaviour as well as possessing a background in using psychophysiological measures in the assessment of emotion. He is currently undertaking on-going research investigating social cognitive antecedents of antisocial behaviour (including doping) as well as understanding the influence of sport and physical activity on moral and social development of young people. This research aims to improve the evidence base for developing interventions/ initiatives that target tackling antisocial related conduct in sport as well as effectively promote sport as an avenue for positive social behaviour and development. He also possesses research interests on the effects of verbal sledging and emotions on attention and sport performance as well as the consequences of moral behaviour on sport performance and well-being.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (19)

Chapters (1)

  • kavussanu M; Stanger N (2016) Prosocial and antisocial behaviors in sport organisations. In: Wagstaff C The Organizational Psychology of Sport: Key Issues and Practical Applications. : Routledge, pp. .

Conference contributions (11)

  • Murray E; Stanger N; Backhouse S (2017) For sport versus through sport: The role of the coach in youth athletes' moral character development. Seville 10/07/2017.
  • Murray EM; Backhouse SB; Stanger N (2017) For sport versus through sport: The role of the coach in youth athletes' moral character development. Seville, Spain. 10/07/2017.
  • Stanger N; Backhouse S (2017) The interactive effects of moral identity and moral disengagement on doping: An experimental investigation. Seville 10/07/2017.
  • Murray EM; backhouse SB; stanger (2016) "Beyond the field": The role of performance coaches' in the psychosocial development of youth soccer players. .
  • Stanger N (2015) "Show some self-control". The self-regulatory mechanisms explaining antisocial behaviour in sport Leeds 14/12/2015.
  • Stanger N; Kavussanu M; Ring C (2015) Gender moderates the effects of empathy on aggressiveness: The differential mediating role of emotions. Bern, Switzerland 13/07/2015.
  • Stanger N; Kavussanu M; Ring C (2013) The influence of moral identity on emotion and antisocial sport behaviour Manchester 16/12/2013.
  • Stanger N (2011) Effects of empathy on aggression during a competitive task . Madeira:
  • Stanger N (2011) Effects of priming empathy on emotion and aggression Madeira, Portugal .
  • Stanger N (2010) Psychophysiological responses to sport-specific affective images: A study of morality and emotion in team sport London .
  • Stanger N (2010) The role of emotion in moral thought and action University of Birmingham .

Conference proceedings (2)

  • Kaiseler MH; Poolton J; Backhouse S; Stanger N (2015) Mindfully Coping With Stress in Sport. In: Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology Conference Leeds, UK 14/12/2015 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Boardley ID; Kavussanu M; Stanger N; Ring C (2010) The prosocial and antisocial behavior in sport scale: Further evidence of reliability and validity. In: . : , pp. S143-S144.
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