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Professor Costas Karageorghis
Divisional Lead / Professor - Sport & Exercise Psychology

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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). The Sports-Related submission was the top-ranked at Brunel and placed 5th nationally (on research power) while the Education submission was the most improved at Brunel. Costas has established an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysiological and neurophysiological effects of music. He has captured 26 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 (both with Human Kinetics), 12 book chapters, 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 100 professional papers in sport and exercise psychology. He has made 120 conference presentations and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences, including 12 keynote lectures. Costas has also delivered six public lectures, including a recent public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Costas's music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; the Times, Telegraph, IndependentNew 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/augmented 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 and has ongoing collaborations with various multinational companies in the sports world and music industry. Most recently, he has been serving as lead consultant to the AIR:RUN project that fuses music, tech and running in a mass-participation event. As part of the project launch, he contributed to a bespoke track for running titled Run With Me

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 Costas 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 jazz and latin duos/trios, as well as with the BASES Band at national and international conferences.

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

Newest selected publications

Mullin, EM., Hutchinson, JC., Mellano, KT., Bird, JM. and Karageorghis, CI. (2022) 'Impact of COVID-19 restrictions on mental health and physical activity among LGBQAP and heterosexual adults'. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 1935-9705 Open Access Link

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Karageorghis, CI., Kuan, G., Mouchlianitis, E., Payre, W., Howard, LW., Reed, N. and et al. (2022) 'Interactive Effects of Task Load and Music Tempo on Psychological, Psychophysiological and Behavioural Outcomes During Simulated Driving'. Ergonomics, 31 (7). pp. 1 - 18. ISSN: 0014-0139 Open Access Link

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Karageorghis, CI., Payre, W., Howard, LW., Kuan, G., Mouchlianitis, E., Reed, N. and et al. (2021) 'Influence of music on driver psychology and safety-relevant behaviours: a multi-study inductive content analysis'. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 1463-922X Open Access Link

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Karageorghis, CI., Kuan, G., Payre, W., Mouchlianitis, E., Howard, LW., Reed, N. and et al. (2021) 'Psychological and psychophysiological effects of music intensity and lyrics on simulated urban driving'. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 81. pp. 329 - 341. ISSN: 1369-8478 Open Access Link

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Karageorghis, C., Mouchlianitis, E., Payre, W., Payre, W., Kuan, G., Howard, L., et al. (2021) 'Psychological, psychophysiological and behavioural effects of participant-selected vs. researcher-selected music in simulated urban driving'. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 96. pp. 1 - 44. ISSN: 0003-6870 Open Access Link

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