The “College of Education” and the “Philosophy Department” of the “College of Humanities
and Social Sciences” in the
“UAE University” organized, in partnership with “Abu Dhabi Sports Council” (ADSC),
and in cooperation with “Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club” the “First International
Conference in Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology”, in the “College of Information
Technology” at the new campus in “Al Ain” city on (24/2/2104) for four days. A group
of researchers and practitioners of “Performance Psychology” and “Cognitive Neuroscience”
experts, along with coaches and athletes from various disciplines, from the State
and abroad, were invited to the conference.
His Excellency “Mohamed E. Al Mahmood”, Secretary General of (ADSC), stressed the
importance of the strategic cooperation between the council and the university, whose
status as a research institution is beneficial in this field. This cooperation provides
a big opportunity for the development of new educational programs in the field of
“Sport Psychology and Embodied Cognition”, in addition to the importance of utilizing
the role of the university in enriching the sports arena with useful scientific research
and academic studies that enrich sports and athletes, and to create new job opportunities
in the field of sports for the Emirati youth.
Professor “Saif Al Qaydi”, Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said
that the college is seeking to invest in its partnerships with the various authorities
and institutions and build bridges of cooperation. This international conference came
as a response to the aspirations of the “UAE”, to achieve its national vision, support
sustainable development in the sports field, build an innovative perspective, play
a pioneering role in the competitive sports world, enhance the opportunities in order
to exchange experiences among researchers, practitioners, experts and athletes, and
to give the chance to students to make use of the participating sports’ expertise.
Dr. “Max Cappuccio”, Head of the “Scientific Council” of the conference, and coordinator
of the “Multidisciplinary Cognitive Science” in the “UAE University”, stressed that
this cooperation has many immediate and palpable benefits, where scientists and coaches
will work on understanding the mechanism of controlling sport skills in reality through
This scientific project comes under the umbrella of two unique scientific programs
offered by the university; first is the “Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science”
and the second is “The New Program in Physical Education”.
The four-day-conference includes several activities. For instance, Dr. “Roland A.
Carlstedt”, a professor at “Harvard Medical School” and Chairman of the “American
Board of Sport Psychology”, delivered one of the keynote speeches; many researches
were presented by international researchers, the scientific laboratory at “Al Ain
Gulf Club”, and many other field training sessions on the training methodologies and
the techniques and mental preparation.