Dr Costas Karageorghis

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Reader (Sport Psychology), Deputy Head (Research)

Room: Heinz Wolff Building HW222
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266476
Fax: +44(0)1895 269769
Email: costas.karageorghis@brunel.ac.uk

About Costas

Dr Costas Karageorghis is a reader in sport psychology and has an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysical and ergogenic effects of music. He is the author of 65 peer-reviewed and 90 professional articles in sport and exercise psychology. Costas has made 100 conference presentations and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences, including six keynote speeches. He has also delivered five public lectures in recent years. His music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; most recently in the Times, Independent, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Sportesse Award for Exercise Sciences at the annual conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The award was for new theoretical work in the area of music and physical activity.

Costas is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a double-accredited member of BASES (psychology research and scientific support). In September 2010 he was elected a Fellow of BASES for his services to sport and exercise sciences in the UK. In September 2013 he was awarded Chartered Scientist status by the Science Council. Costas acts as consultant psychologist to a number of international and professional athletes and has worked with a wide variety of UK governing bodies of sport (e.g. UK Athletics, British Canoe Union, British Water Ski Federation and England Hockey). He has also worked with many companies in the sports world and music industry.

From 2007-11 Costas was head coach of the Great Britain Students athletics team. He has also managed and coached the Brunel University London Athletics Team since the early 90s. During this time, the team have won seven British Universities championships including the 2010 women’s national indoor championship. In 2004 he was made Honorary Life President of Brunel University London Athletics Club and, in 2008, Vice-President of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletics Club.

In his spare time, Costas enjoys playing the piano and often performs in a jazz trio with vocalist Ruby Lee Ryder and trumpeter John Buckley.

See some of Costas’s recent publications on the Brunel University Research Archive (BURA)


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Research Interests

Research Interests

Costas’s main research interest is the psychological, psychophysical and ergogenic effects of music in the domain of sport and exercise. This is a topic that he has examined systematically for over 20 years using a broad range of scientific approaches and methodologies. His programme of research has entailed the development of conceptual frameworks and grounded theory, the production and validation of measurement tools, laboratory-based experimentation (e.g. psychometric, EEG, fMRI, respiratory), and in vivo studies.

Costas has completed a number of industrial projects that include work with Nike Inc. on the Portable Sport Audio MP3 player, Sony UK on the W series of sport MP3 headphones, Bio-Medical Research Ltd. (Ireland) on the Mentor behavioural screening programme and David Lloyd Leisure Ltd on the development of a music policy for their chain of health clubs. He was principal author of the recent British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences’ (BASES) national expert statement on the use of music in exercise.

From 2007-10 Costas led a large-scale consultancy project with the International Management Group (IMG) that entailed coordinating live music with mass participation running events – Run to the Beat. He made scientific contributions and served as a media spokesperson for several events in the UK and across mainland Europe. Most recently he has been working with Redbull UK Ltd. on the Performance Track Project  that entailed the creation of a bespoke pre-competition track for Olympic 400-metre hurdler Dai Green. The project involved a collaboration with the well-known producer Redlight.

Costas has worked extensively with the music industry to release a number of sport and exercise-related compilations including the bestselling Run to the Beat CD and Ministry of Sound: Run to the Beat 2010. He recently completed a textbook entitled Inside Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics 2011) that is co-authored by Prof Peter Terry (University of Southern Queensland). This is the first book to cover music-related psychological interventions in sport.

Costas contributed three chapters to the text Sporting Sounds: Relationships Between Sport and Music (Routledge 2009) as well as chapters in New Sport and Exercise Psychology Companion (Fitness Information Technology 2011), Sport and Exercise Psychology (Hodder Education 2014) and Sport, Music, Identities (Taylor & Francis 2014). He is currently writing a second textbook for Human Kinetics that addresses the topic of music-related interventions for exercise and sport professionals.

Costas’s PhD graduates include: Drs David-Lee Priest (2004; Author and P-T Lecturer at University of East Anglia), Kelly J. Ashford (2005; Deputy Head of School, Teaching & Learning, Brunel), Ruth M. Hewston (2005; Senior Lecturer at University of Worcester), Daniel T. Bishop (2007; Lecturer at Brunel), Georgios Loizou (2008; Diplomat for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Cyprus), Massimo M. Vencato (2010; Freelance Consultant and P-T Lecturer at Brunel), Harry Lim (2012; Sport Psychologist at Singapore Sports Institute), Alessandra Mecozzi Saha (2013; Registered Psychologist in Australia) and Leighton Jones (2014; Postdoc at Brunel).

Research Centre

Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing (BC•SHaW)

Selected Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) Digelidis, NM., Karageorghis, CI., Papapavlou, AJ. and Papaioannou, AG., Effects of asynchronous music on students’ lesson satisfaction and motivation at the situational level, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education 33 (3) : 326- 341

(2014) Sanchez, X., Moss, SL., Twist, C. and Karageorghis, CI., On the role of lyrics in the music-exercise performance relationship, Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 (1) : 132- 138 Download publication

(2013) Hutchinson, JC. and Karageorghis, C., Moderating influence of dominant attentional style and exercise intensity on psychological and psychophysical responses to asynchronous music, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 35 625- 643

(2013) Karageorghis, CI. and Jones, L., On the stability and relevance of the exercise heart rate-music-tempo preference relationship, Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15 (3) : 299- 310

(2013) Karageorghis, CI., Hutchinson, JC., Jones, L., Farmer, HL., Ayhan, MS., Wilson, RC., Rance, J., Hepworth, CJ. and Bailey, SG., Psychological, psychophysical, and ergogenic effects of music in swimming, Psychology of Sport and Exercise 14 (4) : 560- 568

(2013) Karageorghis, CI., Run to the Beat: Sport and music for the masses, Sport in Society 17 (3) : 433- 447

(2012) Coppack, RJ., Kristensen, J. and Karageorghis, CI., Use of a goal setting intervention to increase adherence to low back pain rehabilitation: A randomized controlled trial, Clinical Rehabilitation 26 (11) : 1032- 1041

(2012) Bacon, CJ., Myers, TR. and Karageorghis, CI., Effect of music-movement synchrony on exercise oxygen consumption, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 52 (4) : 359- 365 Download publication

(2012) Karageorghis, C., Terry, PC., Lane, AM., Bishop, DT. and Priest, D., The BASES Expert Statement on use of music in exercise, Journal of Sports Sciences 30 (9) : 953- 956 Download publication

(2012) Karageorghis, C., Smith, DL. and Priest, DL., Effects of voice enhancement technology and relaxing music on the frequency of imagery among break dancers, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science 16 (1) : 8- 16

(2012) Karageorghis, CI. and Priest, DL., Music in the exercise domain: A review and synthesis (Part I), International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology 5 (1) : 44- 66 Download publication

(2012) Karageorghis, CI. and Priest, DL., Music in the exercise domain: A review and synthesis (Part II), International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology 5 (1) : 67- 84 Download publication

(2012) Terry, PC., Karageorghis, CI., Saha, AM. and D'Auria, S., Effects of synchronous music on treadmill running among elite triathletes, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 15 (1) : 52- 57 Download publication

(2011) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L., Priest, D-L., Akers, RI., Clarke, A., Perry, JM., Reddick, BT., Bishop, DT. and Lim, HBT., Revisiting the relationship between exercise heart rate and music tempo preference, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 82 (2) : 274- 284

(2010) Karageorghis, CI., Priest, DL., Williams, LS., Hirani, RM., Lannon, KM. and Bates, BJ., Ergogenic and psychological effects of synchronous music during circuit-type exercise, Psychology of Sport and Exercise 11 (6) : 551- 559 Download publication

(2010) Abouzekri, O. and Karageorghis, CI., Effects of precompetition state anxiety interventions on performance time and accuracy among amateur soccer players: Revisiting the matching hypothesis, European Journal of Sport Science 10 (3) : 209- 221

(2009) Bishop, DT., Karageorghis, CI. and Kinrade, NP., Effects of musically-induced emotions on choice reaction time performance, The Sport Psychologist 23 (1) : 59- 76 Download publication

(2009) Karageorghis, CI., Mouzourides, DA., Priest, DL., Sasso, T., Morrish, D. and Walley, C., Psychophysical and ergogenic effects of synchronous music during treadmill walking, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 31 (1) : 18- 36 Download publication

(2009) Lim, HBT., Atkinson, G., Karageorghis, CI. and Eubank, MM., Effects of differentiated music on cycling time trial, International Journal of Sports Medicine 30 (6) : 435- 442 Download publication

(2008) Priest, DL. and Karageorghis, CI., A qualitative investigation into the characteristics and effects of music accompanying exercise, European Physical Education Review 14 (3) : 347- 366 Download publication

(2008) Hewston, RM., Lane, AM. and Karageorghis, CI., Development and initial validation of the Music Mood-Regulation Scale (MMRS), E-journal of Applied Psychology 4 (1) : 15- 22 Download publication

(2008) Bhatnagar, T. and Karageorghis, CI., Motives for sport participation as predictors of motivation outcomes in track and field: A self-determination theory perspective, The Sport Journal 11 (4) Download publication

(2008) Karageorghis, CI. and Priest, DL., Music in sport and exercise: An update on research and application, The Sport Journal 11 (3) Download publication

(2008) Karageorghis, C., Jones, L. and Stuart, DP., Psychological effects of music tempi during exercise, International Journal of Sports Medicine 29 (7) : 613- 619 Download publication

(2008) Caulfield, MJ. and Karageorghis, CI., Psychological effects of rapid weight loss and attitudes towards eating among professional jockeys, Journal of Sports Sciences 26 (9) : 877- 883 Download publication

(2007) Bishop, DT., Karageorghis, CI. and Loizou, G., A grounded theory of young tennis players’ use of music to manipulate emotional state, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 29 (5) : 584- 607 Download publication

(2007) Hamer, M. and Karageorghis, CI., Psychobiological mechanisms of exercise dependence, Sports Medicine 37 (6) : 477- 484 Download publication

(2006) Simpson, SD. and Karageorghis, CI., Effects of synchronous music on 400-m sprint performance, Journal of Sports Sciences 24 (10) : 1095- 1102 Download publication

(2006) Karageorghis, CI., Chatzisarantis, NLD., Priest, DL., Terry, PC. and Lane, AM., Redesign and initial validation of an instrument to assess the motivational qualities of music in exercise: The Brunel Music Rating Inventory-2, Journal of Sports Sciences 24 (8) : 899- 909 Download publication

(2006) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L. and Low, DC., Relationship between exercise heart rate and music tempo preference, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 77 (2) : 240- 250 Download publication

(2005) Karageorghis, CI., Carron, AV., Chatzisarantis, NLD. and Vencato, MM., Development and initial validation of the Brunel lifestyle physical activity questionnaire, British Journal of Sports Medicine 39 (5) : 23- 29 Download publication

(2005) Vlachopoulos, SP. and Karageorghis, CI., Interaction of external, introjected, and identified regulation with intrinsic motivation in exercise: Relationships with exercise enjoyment, Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research 10 (2) : 113- 132 Download publication

(2005) Ashford, KJ., Karageorghis, CI. and Jackson, RC., Modeling the relationship between self-consciousness and competition anxiety, Personality and Individual Differences 38 (4) : 903- 918 Download publication

(1996) Karageorghis, CI., Drew, KM. and Terry, PC., Effects of pretest stimulative and sedative music on grip strength, Perceptual and Motor Skills 85 (3 Part 2) : 1347- 1352

Conference Papers

(2006) Bishop, DT., Karageorghis, CI. and Loizou, G., A grounded theory of young tennis players’ use of music (Abstract), Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Abstract published in the Journal of Sports Sciences (25) : 291-

(2006) Terry, PC., Dinsdale, SL., Karageorghis, CI. and Lane, AM., Use and perceived effectiveness of pre-competition mood regulation strategies among athletes, Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS - Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture and Practice Download publication

(2005) Pears, DC. and Karageorghis, CI., An investigation into the predictive efficacy of self-determination theory versus goal orientation theory with reference to the determinants of sport commitment (Abstract), Annual Conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Abstract published in the Journal of Sports Sciences (23) : 188- 189

(2010) Sanchez, X., Moss, SL., Twist, C. and Karageorghis, CI., Psycho-physiological and ergogenic effects of music on submaximal cycling performance: The role of lyrics, 2010 British Psychological Society Annual Conference

(2009) Karageorghis, CI. and Terry, PC., Conceptual basis for effects of music in sport and exercise. International Society of Sport Psychology, 2009 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2009) Loizou, G., Karageorghis, CI. and Mullen, R., Effects of psychological priming, video, and music on anaerobic exercise performance, 2009 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2009) Loizou, G., Karageorghis, CI. and Mullen, R., Interactive effect of visual and auditory stimuli on physiological measures and emotions, 2009 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2009) Terry, PC., Karageorghis, CI., Nan, JLT. and Mecozzi, A., Meta-analysis of effects of music in sport and exercise, 2009 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2009) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L., Priest, DL., Akers, RI., Clarke, A., Perry, JM., Reddick, BT., Bishop, DT. and Lim, HBT., Revisiting the exercise heart rate-music tempo preference relationship, 2009 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2008) Bishop, DT., Wright, J. and Karageorghis, CI., Neurophysiological correlates of tennis players’ emotional responses to pre-performance music, 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology

(2008) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L., Priest, DL., Akers, RI., Clarke, A., Perry, JM., Reddick, BT., Bishop, DT. and Lim, HBT., Revisiting the exercise heart rate-music tempo preference relationship, Music, Health and Happiness Conference

(2007) Karageorghis, CI. and Bhatnagar, T., Participation motives as predictors of motivation outcomes in track and field (Abstract), Annual conference of the british association of sport and exercise sciences, Journal of Sports Sciences (25) : 290- Download publication

(2007) Jones, L. and Karageorghis, CI., Effects of different music tempi on intrinsic motivation and their relationship with music preference during long-duration exercise (Abstract), Annual conference of the british association of sport and exercise sciences, Journal of Sports Sciences (25) : 309- Download publication

(2007) Loizou, G. and Karageorghis, CI., The circumplex model of affect: A bi-cultural study (Abstract), Annual conference of the british association of sport and exercise sciences, Journal of Sports Sciences (25) : 316- Download publication

(2007) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L. and Stuart, DP., Effects of music tempi on intrinsic motivation, flow and music preference during long-duration exercise, 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology

(2007) Loizou, G. and Karageorghis, CI., Effects of video, priming and music on emotions and motivation, 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology

(2007) Lin, H., Atkinson, G., Karageorghis, CI. and Eubank, M., The effects of timing of exposure on performance, perceived exertion and psychological affect during a 10-km cycling time trial, Sixth International Conference on Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics

(2007) Terry, PC. and Karageorghis, CI., Use of music interventions with elite athletes, 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology

(2006) Loizou, G. and Karageorghis, CI., Effect of video and music on emotions, 2006 Music in Sport Conference

(2006) Bishop, DT. and Karageorghis, CI., Emotional responses to music in tennis: A mixed-methods approach, Music in Sport Conference

(2006) Terry, PC. and Karageorghis, CI., Psychophysical effects of music in sport and exercise: An update on theory, research and application, Joint Conference of the Australian and Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society

(2005) Baines, JD. and Karageorghis, CI., Comparison between deaf and hearing children on sport-related psychological constructs, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Student Conference

(2005) Hewston, RM., Lane, AM., Karageorghis, CI. and Nevill, AM., Criterion validity of the Music Mood Regulation Scale (MMRS) (Abstract), , Journal of Sports Sciences (23) : 174- 175

(2005) Simpson, S. and Karageorghis, CI., Effects of synchronous music on 400-metre sprint performance, 2005 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Annual Student Conference

(2005) McIlroy, BM. and Karageorghis, CI., Perceptions of flow among elite decathletes: An inductive content analysis, 2005 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference

(2005) Karageorghis, CI., Jones, L. and Low, DC., Relationship between exercise heart rate and music tempo preference, 2005 International Society of Sport Psychology World Congress on Sport Psychology

(2005) Ashford, KJ., Karageorghis, CI. and Jackson, RC., Temporal patterning of anxiety and the attainment of flow among high and low self-conscious players (Abstract), , Journal of Sports Sciences (23) : 162-

Book Chapters

(2011) Terry, PC. and Karageorghis, CI., Music in sport and exercise. In: Morris, T. and Terry, PC. eds. The new sport and exercise psychology companion. Morgantown, WV, USA : Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology. 359- 380

(2008) Karageorghis, CI. and Terry, PC., The psychological, psychophysical and ergogenic effects of music in sport: A review and synthesis. In: Bateman, A. and Bale, J. eds. Sporting sounds: Relationships between sport and music. Routledge 13- 36 Download publication

(2008) Loizou, G. and Karageorghis, CI., Video, priming and music: Effects on emotions and motivation. In: Bateman, A. and Bale, J. eds. Sporting sounds: Relationships between sport and music. London : Routledge 37- 58

(2008) Bishop, DT. and Karageorghis, CI., Managing pre-competitive emotions with music. In: Bale, JR. and Bateman, A. eds. Sporting sounds: Relationships between sport and music. London : Routledge 59- 84

(2008) Karageorghis, CI., The scientific application of music in sport and exercise. In: Lane, AM. ed. Sport & Excercise Psychology Topics in Applied Psychology. Hodder Education 109- 137

Books

(2010) Karageorghis, CI. and Terry, PC., Inside sport psychology. Human Kinetics

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