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How to find us prof. dr. N. (Nico) van Yperen

prof. dr. N. van Yperen

Professor of Sport & Performance Psychology

I completed High School in 1977 (Delft), and Teacher Training College in 1981 (The Hague). In 1987, I received a MSc in Psychology at the University of Groningen, and in 1990, my PhD in Psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen. In Nijmegen, I was an associate professor from 1990 to 1994. In 1994, I returned to the University of Groningen for a position as associate professor (from 2003 full professor). Currently, I am professor of Sport & Performance Psychology, involved in the MSc program Talent Development & Creativity, and member of the general board of the Sport Science Institute Groningen.
Broadly speaking, my interests are the mental aspects of sport and performance, and achievement motivation and talent development in particular, see also (in Dutch).
Research questions are, for example:
1. What determines success and failure in achievement situations (sports, but also education and work)?
2. What are the effects of strength-based versus deficit-based self-regulated learning strategies on talents’ motivation and performance?
3. Are coaching and mentoring effective tools to develop talent?
I have published in many peer reviewed journals, including Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, Motivation Science, Motivation and Emotion, Human Performance, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Occasionally, I provide consultancy services to athletes, coaches, sport organizations, and consultancy firms, typically on issues such as motivation and performance, talent development, stress and well-being, and coaching, supervision, and mentoring.

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+31 50 36 36386 (secretary)

Talent Development