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Dr Costas Karageorghis
Divisional Lead for Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences


Costas Karageorghis is a professor in sport and exercise psychology and Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. From 2009-14, he served as Deputy Head (Research) of the former School of Sport and Education and led preparations for two REF2014 subject submissions (Sports-Related and Education). Costas has established an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysiological and neurophysiological effects of music. He has captured 25 research grants during his academic career including, most recently, an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project grant to study the use of music in the regulation of emotions.

Costas is the author of two textbooks, 12 book chapters, 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and 100 professional papers in sport and exercise psychology. He has made more than 100 conference presentations and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences, including 12 keynote lectures. Costas has also delivered six public lectures in recent years with an upcoming public lecture scheduled for the evening of 23 October at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Costas’s music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; most recently in the TimesIndependentNew York TimesWall Street JournalWashington Post and Sydney Morning Herald. In both 2011 and 2016 he was the recipient of the Sportesse Award for Sport and Exercise Sciences at the annual conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). The awards were for new theoretical and mechanistic work in the area of music and physical activity. In addition to the ESRC project, he is currently working on multi-modal stimulation during physical activity that entails the use of music, video images, virtual reality and visual primes. Such work is oriented towards enhancing people's sensory experiences during physical activity, with a view to increasing exercise adherence and promoting public health.

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. British Athletics, British Canoe Union, British Water Ski Federation and England Hockey). He has also worked with many multinational 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. Most recently, the team finished runners-up to Loughborough University at both the 2017 and 2018 British Universities indoor championships. 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.

During his spare time, Costas plays the piano, often performing in a jazz and latin duo with drummer Joel Shopland.

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

Newest selected publications

Bigliassi, M., Karageorghis, CI., Bishop, DT., Nowicky, AV. and Wright, MJ. (2018) 'Cerebral effects of music during isometric exercise: An fMRI study'. International Journal of Psychophysiology. ISSN: 1872-7697 Open Access Link

Journal article

Karageorghis, CI., Bigiassi, M., Tayara, K., Priest, D-L. and Bird, JM. (2018) 'A grounded theory of music use in the psychological preparation of academy soccer players'. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 7 (2). pp. 109 - 127. ISSN: 2157-3905 Open Access Link

Journal article

Karageorghis, CI., Bruce, AC., Pottratz, ST., Stevens, RC., Bigliassi, M. and Hamer, M. (2018) 'Psychological and Psychophysiological Effects of Recuperative Music Postexercise'. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50 (4). pp. 739 - 746. ISSN: 0195-9131 Open Access Link

Journal article

Karageorghis, CI., Cheek, P., Simpson, SD. and Bigliassi, M. (2018) 'Interactive Effects of Music Tempi and Intensities on Grip Strength and Subjective Affect'. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28 (3). pp. 1166 - 1175. ISSN: 0905-7188 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bigliassi, M., Karageorghis, CI., Hoy, GK. and Layne, GS. (2018) 'The Way You Make Me Feel: Psychological and cerebral responses to music during real-life physical activity'. Psychology of Sport and Exercise. ISSN: 1469-0292 Open Access Link

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