Dr. Edson Filho

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB114

+44 (0) 1772 89 3436


Edson’s teaching and research interests revolve around expert performance and group dynamics in sport and the performing arts. He is particularly interested in the psychophysiological markers of peak performance, such as the “zones of optimal functioning” and “flow-feeling” experiences. Edson is also interested in the study of expert teams, particularly on how cohesion, shared mental models, collective-efficacy and intra-team psychophysiological rhythms influence team performance.

Edson is research active within the area of Psychology and is a member of the Cognitive Research Group.

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Edson received a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and a M.Sc. in Athletic Training from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). He earned his doctoral degree in Sport Psychology from Florida State University (USA) and completed a post-doctoral term in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology at the Behavioural Imaging and Neural Dynamics Center at the University of Chieti (Italy). His research agenda revolves around peak performance experiences, team processes and social neuroscience in sports. Edson also has applied experience, having served as a performance enhancement specialist for athletes and performing artists. He is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a member of the Sport Psychology Registry of the United States Olympic Committee. His research and applied work has been recognized through several awards, including the Diversity Award by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and the Dissertation Award in Sport and Exercise Psychology by the American Psychological Association. His work has been featured in distinguished media outlets including Nature Lindau, BBC Mundo, and Scientific American.

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Filho, E., Tenenbaum, G., & Yang, Y. (2015). Cohesion, team mental models and collective efficacy: Towards an integrated model of team dynamics in sports. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33, 641-653.

Filho, E., Dobersek, U., Gershgoren, L., Becker, B., & Tenenbaum, G (2014). The cohesion-performance relationship in sport: A 10-year retrospective meta-analysis. Sport Sciences for Health, 10, 165-177.

Filho, E., Gershgoren, L., Basevitch, I., Schinke R., & Tenenbaum, G. (2014). Peer leadership and shared mental models in a college volleyball team: A season long case study. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 8, 184-203.

Filho, E., Gershgoren, L., Basevitch, I., & Tenenbaum, G. (2014). Profile of high-performing college soccer teams: An exploratory multi-level analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15, 559-568.

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Certified Consultant #425 by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Member of the Sport Psychology Registry – United States Olympic Committee

Book Chapters

1. Filho, E. (2015). Bio-feedback learning environments. In M. Spector (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of educational technology. USA: SAGE Publications.

2. Tenenbaum, G., & Filho, E. (2014). Cognitive styles. In R. C. Eklund, & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. (Vol. 3, pp. 141-143). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

3. Tenenbaum, G., Morris, T., Hackfort, D., & Filho, E. (2013). Sport and exercise psychology. In M. Talbot, H. Haag, & K. Keskinen (Eds.), Directory of sport science. (pp. 67-78) (6th edition). Germany: ICCSPE.

4. Filho, E., & Tenenbaum, G. (2012). Team mental models in sports: An overview. In R. Schinke (Ed.), Athletic insight's writings in sport psychology. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

5. Moraes, L. C., Melo, R., Filho, E., Penna, E., & Xavier, C. (2012). Bases da expert performance no esporte. Fundamentos cientificos do treinamento esportivo (pp. 137-144). São Paulo: Manole.

6. Moraes, L. C., & Filho, E. (2009). Expertise no esporte: Desenvolvimento da excelência. In D. Samulski (Ed.), Psicologia do esporte (pp. 429-446). São Paulo, Manole.

7. Moraes, L. C., & Filho, E. (2006). Peneiradas: Estudo do processo de seleção de jovens futebolistas. In E. Silami-Garcia, & K. L. M. Lemos (Eds.), Temas atuais XI em educação física e esportes (pp. 101-117). Belo Horizonte: Instituto Casa da Educação Física.

Journal Articles

Filho, E., Basevitch, I., Yang, Y., & Tenenbaum, G. (2013). Is the best defense a good offense? Comparing the Brazilian and Italian soccer styles. Kinesiology, 45, 213-221.

Filho, E., Di Fronso, S., Forzini, F., Agostini, T., Bortoli, L., Robazza, C., & Bertollo, M. (2013). Stress/recovery balance during the Girobio: Profile of highly-trained road cyclists. Sport Sciences for Health, 9, 107-112.

Basevitch, I., Razon, S., Filho, E., Boiangin, N., Gutierrez, O., Braun, R., Arsal, G., & Tenenbaum, G. (2013). The effect of olfactory ovulation cues on males’ attention allocation and perception of exertion. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 5, 5-21.

Comani, S., Di Fronso, S., Filho, E., Castronovo, A. M., Schmid, M., Bortoli, L., …Bertollo, M. (2013). Attentional focus and functional connectivity in cycling: An EEG case study. International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, 41, 137-140.

Comani, S., Bortoli, L. Di Fronso, S., Filho, E., De Marchis, C., Schmid, M., …Bertollo, M. (2013b). ERD/ERS patterns of shooting performance within the multi-action plan model. International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, 41, 141-144.

Conmy, B., Tenenbaum, G., Eklund, R., Roehrig, A., & Filho, E. (2013). Trash talk in a competitive setting: Impact on self-efficacy and affect. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 1002–1014.

Gershgoren, L., Filho, E., Tenenbaum, G., & Schinke, R. J. (2013). Coaching shared mental models in soccer: A longitudinal case study. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 7, 293-312.

Tenenbaum, G., Basevitch, I., Gershgoren, L., & Filho, E. (2013). Emotions-decision-making in sport: Theoretical conceptualization and experimental evidence. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11, 151-168.

Dietrich, F., Shipherd, A. M., Gershgoren, L., Filho, E., & Basevitch, I. (2012). Sport psychology group consultation using social networking web sites. Psychological Services, 9, 323-324.

Basevitch, I., & Filho, E. (2011). A qualitative examination of college-athlete team captains: On- and off-field issues. Performance Excellence Movement Newsletter, 2-4.

Basevitch, I., Thompson, B., Braun, R., Razon, S., Arsal. G., Tokac, U., Filho, E., Nascimento, T., & Tenenbaum, G. (2011). Olfactory effects on attention allocation and perception of exertion. The Sport Psychologist, 25, 144-158.

Moraes, L. C., Filho, E., Lôbo, I. L., & Silveira, D. R. (2010). Escala do comportamento do treinador - versão treinador (ECT-T) e versão atleta (ECT-A): O que o treinador diz é confirmado pelos seus atletas? Revista Brasileira de Educação Física e Esporte, 24, 37-47.

Razon, S., Basevitch, I., Filho, E., Land, W., Thompson, B., Biermann, M., & Tenenbaum, G. (2010). Associative and dissociative imagery effects on perceived exertion and task duration. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 5, Article 5.

Filho, E., Moraes, L. C., & Tenenbaum, G. (2009). Affective and physiological states during archery competitions: Adopting and enhancing the probabilistic methodology of individual affect-related performance zones (IAPZs). Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 441-456.

Januário, M. S., Moraes, L. C., Filho, E., Ferreira, R. M., & Lôbo, I. L. (2009). Ansiedade e autoconfiança dos atletas classificados e não-classificados para a seleção brasileira olímpica de taekwondo. Revista Digital, 14, 132.

Tenenbaum, G., Razon, S., Thompson, B., Filho, E., & Basevitch, I. (2009). The judgement of research quality: A response to John Smith. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 1, 116-124.

Filho, E., & Haddad, J. (2008) "Campo cheio" não ajuda ganhar jogo. Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte, 30, 123-135.

Filho, E., Pinto, P. H., & Carvalho, F. (2007). Influência do ambiente no desempenho de arremessos de lances-livres no basquetebol profissional. Motriz, 13, 273-279.

Johnson, M. B., Edmonds, W. A., Moraes, L. C., Filho, E., & Tenenbaum, G. (2007). Linking affect and performance of an international level archer incorporating an idiosyncratic probabilistic method. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 8, 317-335.