Singapore University of Social Sciences

Performance Psychology

Performance Psychology (PSY371)


This course focuses on the psychological factors that influence high level performance across a variety of fields such as sports, the performing arts and business. Students will learn about the factors salient to performance of individuals and groups and strategies used to counter the common limitations of performance. This course requires students to apply the theoretical foundations from level 1 to level 3 psychology courses into real-world settings.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Human performance
  • Cognition, perception and action
  • Psychology and physiology of performance anxiety
  • Flow
  • Decision-making under pressure
  • Emotion and performance
  • Resilience
  • Confidence
  • Nutrition for performance
  • Mind-body strategies
  • Guidelines for stress management and well-being enhancement
  • Practising for performance: Mental skills and strategies

Learning Outcome

  • Analyse the factors that contribute to performance anxiety and the theoretical models that explain performance anxiety
  • Evaluate how decision-making is influenced under pressure
  • Appraise the role of confidence and resilience in peak performance
  • Apply understanding of peak performance across different fields in life
  • Design strategies to manage stress and enhance well-being
  • Develop mental skills for performance enhancement
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