Skip to Content
Skip to main content

Professor Costas Karageorghis
Professor - Sport & Exercise Psychology

Heinz Wolff 222


Costas Karageorghis is a professor in sport and exercise psychology with an interest in experimental research and public engagement. From 2018–22, he served as Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, holding overall responsbility for the research and teaching activities of the Division. 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 (2018–21).

Costas is the author of two textbooks (both with Human Kinetics), 14 book chapters, 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 100 professional papers in sport and exercise psychology. He has made 125 conference presentations and given numerous invited presentations at national and international conferences, including 14 keynote lectures. Costas has also delivered eight 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. He is presently 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 2010 he was elected a Fellow of BASES for his services to sport and exercise sciences in the UK. In 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 served as lead consultant to the AIR:RUN project that fused 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

Jones, L., Karageorghis, CI., Ker, T., Rushton, CJ., Stephenson, SR. and Wheeldon, IL. (2024) 'The Exercise Intensity–Music-Tempo Preference Relationship: A Decennial Revisit'. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 74. pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 1469-0292 Open Access Link

Journal article

Li, R-H., Karageorghis, CI., Chen, Y-C., Chen, Y-C., Liao, Y-H., Hung, T-M. and et al. (2023) 'Effect of acute concurrent exercise training and the mediating role of lactate on executive function: An ERP study'. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 70. pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 1469-0292 Open Access Link

Journal article

Berezan, DG. and Karageorghis, CI. (2023) 'SoundRunner: Out of the Starting Blocks'. Leonardo, 56 (4). pp. 411 - 417. ISSN: 0024-094X Open Access Link

Journal article

Hosang, L., Mouchlianitis, E., Guérin, SMR. and Karageorghis, CI. (2022) 'Effects of exercise on electroencephalography-recorded neural oscillations: a systematic review'. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 54. ISSN: 1750-984X Open Access Link

Journal article

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, 26 (3). pp. 289 - 306. ISSN: 1935-9705 Open Access Link

Journal article
More publications(211)