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WONDERKID: Director and star discuss film about gay footballer

WONDERKID: Director and star discuss film about gay footballer | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

This week, the trailer was released for a new short film called 'WONDERKID' which focuses on a young professional footballer whose sexuality is threatening to alienate him from the game he loves.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL)

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Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs

Goalkeepers suffer from 'gambler’s fallacy' during shoot-outs | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If someone tossed a coin and got heads three times in a row, and then asked you to place a bet on the outcome of the fourth toss, what would you put your money on; heads or tails?
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This article cites a study by two ESRC-funded researchers. Erman Misirlisoy was supported by an ESRC Studentship, and an ESRC/ESF collaboration grant with Professor Patrick Haggard (RES-062-23-2183).  Professor Haggard was further supported by and ESRC Professorial Fellowship (ES/J023140/1), and by an ERC Advanced Grant (HUMVOL).

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Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign

Relative Age and the US World Cup Campaign | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Football is a sport that spans cultures around the world, one that transcends conflicts, one that anyone, in some form or another, can play. But the beautiful game is not an equal-opportunity sport, at least not at the highest level.

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The article cites research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which is funded by the ESRC. 

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Bites, dives and dirty tackles: The science behind what drives a soccer player to break the rules

Bites, dives and dirty tackles: The science behind what drives a soccer player to break the rules | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

FIFA’s decision to hand Luis Suarez a four month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has sealed Suarez’s place as the villain of World Cup 2014.


But where does this behaviour that we find to be so unsportsmanlike come from? Suarez is not the only culprit: diving, dirty tackles and other foul behaviour takes place on the pitch that leaves us wondering why players sometimes act this way. Sports psychology research shows that clearly there are some personal characteristics that predispose players to cheat, but the social environment also plays a key role.

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This article was written by Maria Kavassanu who has received funding from the ESRC.

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Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it

Health News - Goalkeepers prone to ‘gambler’s fallacy’ but penalty takers fail to exploit it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

After a string of penalties aimed in the same direction, goalkeepers are more likely to dive in the opposite direction on the next penalty but kickers fail to exploit this pattern, finds new UCL research.

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This research was supported by the ESRC.

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Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Goalkeepers facing penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome say researchers.

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This article cites a study by two ESRC-funded researchers. Erman Misirlisoy was supported by an ESRC Studentship, and an ESRC/ESF collaboration grant with Professor Patrick Haggard (RES-062-23-2183).  Professor Haggard was further supported by and ESRC Professorial Fellowship (ES/J023140/1), and by an ERC Advanced Grant (HUMVOL).

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Fanatical About Football? Watch Out, You Could Be an Addict

Fanatical About Football? Watch Out, You Could Be an Addict | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Why are we so loyal to our national and club football teams? Whatever the results, we tend to support them week in week out, through thick and thin. They can cause us nothing but misery and heartache and yet still we support them.

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Dr. Mark Griffiths has received research funding from a wide range of organizations including the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Football: Government owed millions from stars

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Italy, STEVEN WALKER examines how the England squad have managed to avoid the taxman
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The discussions builds on projections from the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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