4B Summative Assignment

Basketball Psychology


Commonly in practice the coach will make a bad call with the intentions of upsetting a player. Even when you know you are wrong you and the rest of your team must conform to the coach's beliefs and accept whatever the he said in fear of extra running.


Sometimes when the coach is in need of assistance with the JV team he will ask for a veteran player to help monitor what they're doing and punish them if they are off task. Commonly this leads to the veteran player often forcing the JV to run laps or do some other form of punishment which they obey because of the authority of the player.

Groupthink/Group polarization

You can easily tell a good player from a bad one by simply observing how they adhere to groupthink. A more experienced player will commonly make a play involving them giving up their own point to pass the ball to a more open player for the betterment of the team.

Group polarization is also very prevalent, when we are faced with doing some sort of task(running or some sort of drill) at first we look at it as a chore, but after the coach places some sort of reward or punishment to the task we change our view and see it as something we must accomplish as a team which is when we are at our best.

Bias and Error

The fundamental attribution error could be seen as when the coach seems overly upset because of some minute thing such as a missed layup. Some may look at this as him being unnecessarily harsh, but it could be because of something that happened to him earlier or just his want of the betterment of the team.

A self-serving bias would be during a scrimmage, a player on the willing team will attribute the win to himself when it was a team effort. Similarly the losing team will blame the loss on bad referring, unfair teams, or just a lack of effort.