Sports and Exam Rituals Study

Study Description

Performance rituals are superstitious behaviours that an individual may engage in before or during a performance event (e.g., a sporting event) in hopes of a positive outcome (e.g., winning a game). We are interested in understanding athletes’ reasons for engaging in these behaviours, whether they impact athletic performance or other outcomes, and whether they relate to behaviours outside of the sports domain.

This study involves completing an online survey. This online survey is anonymous and confidential, and all other information you provide will be kept confidential as well.

Please complete the online survey in a single sitting, on a computer, while alone and in a quiet space. Survey completion should take a maximum of one hour. You will receive a $10 Amazon gift card as compensation for completing the survey.

Contact Information

If you are interested, please contact [email protected] and include your name, year in university, and sport in the email. You will receive an email back with a link to the online survey within 48 hours.


This study is being conducted by members of the UBC Psychology Department: Dr. Lynn Alden (principal investigator), Carly Parsons (graduate student co-investigator), and Jiayin Wang (undergraduate student co-investigator). Dr. Peter Crocker (School of Kinesiology) is also a co-investigator. Please contact a study team member if you have any questions about the study or are interested in the results. Preferably, email Jiayin at [email protected]. Alternatively, Dr. Alden may be reached at [email protected] or (604) 822-2198, and Carly may be reached at [email protected] or (604) 822-5047.