Dr Sam Carr
1 West North 4.10
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3489
Areas interested in supervising:
- Research projects related to attachment theory
- Research projects related to the development of human motivation
- Research projects exploring human relations in the contexts of sport and/or education
I have a broad research interest in human relationships and their role in psychological development and functioning. I am particularly interested in examining relationships through the lens of attachment theory and have explored attachment bonds in relation to psychosocial wellbeing and mental health in the contexts of sport and education. I am also interested in contemporary theories of motivation and gaining an insight into the social-cognitive factors underpinning it.
- Human relationships
- Attachment theory
- Human motivation
- Exploring the role of animals as (a) attachment figures, and (b) facilitators of human-human bonds in the context of foster care (with Ben Rockett)
- Exploring mobile lifestyles in children and adolescents through the lens of human relationships (with Dr Ceri Brown and Georgina Lovett)
- Exploring the provision of sport for underpriveleged children through an attachment theory persepctive (with Ioannis Batlle)
- Understanding personal theories of ability in relation to instructional practices (with Sue Shapcott)
- HL10036: Introduction to sport & exercise psychology
- ED20413: Educational psychology for sport and physical activity
- ED20417: Motivation and cognition for sport & physical activity
- ED20126: Educational psychology
Carr, S., 2011. Forthcoming. Relationships and sport and performance. In: Murphy, S. M., ed. Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. (Oxford Psychology Handbook Series)
Carr, S., Colthurst, K., Coyle, M. and Elliott, D., 2013. Attachment dimensions as predictors of mental healthand psychosocial well-being in the transition to university. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 28 (2), pp. 157-172.
Carr, S., 2012. High task/high ego oriented students’ reasons for endorsing task and ego goals in the context of physical education. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 61 (4), pp. 540-563.
Carr, S. and Landau, S., 2012. Consciously identified attachment hierarchies: Cognitive accessibility of attachment figure names as a function of threat primes in a lexical decision task. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53 (1), pp. 17-25.
Bush, A. J., Anderson, E. and Carr, S., 2012. The declining existence of men’s homophobia in organized university sport. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 6 (1), pp. 107-120.
Carr, S. and Fitzpatrick, N., 2011. Experiences of dyadic sport friendships as a function of self and partner attachment characteristics. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12 (4), pp. 383-391.
Carr, S., 2009. Adolescent–parent attachment characteristics and quality of youth sport friendship. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10 (6), pp. 653-661.
Carr, S., 2009. Implications of attachment theory for sport and physical activity research: conceptual links with achievement goal and peer-relationship models. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2 (1), pp. 95-115.
Carr, S. and Weigand, D. A., 2008. Children's goal profiles and perceptions of the motivational climate: Interactive association with self-determined motivation and affective patterns in physical education. Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 2, pp. 8-32.
Carr, S., 2006. An examination of multiple goals in children's physical education: Motivational effects of goal profiles and the role of perceived climate in multiple goal development. Journal of Sports Sciences, 24, pp. 281-297.
Elliott, D., Carr, S. and Orme, D., 2005. The influence of motivational music on sub-maximal exercise. European Journal of Sports Science, 2, pp. 97-106.
Elliott, D., Carr, S. and Savage, D., 2004. The effects of motivational music during submaximal exercise performance. Journal of Sport Behavior, 27, pp. 134-1478.
Carr, S. and Wyon, M., 2003. Motivational climate and goal orientations, trait anxiety and perfectionism in dance students. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 7 (4), pp. 105-114.
Carr, S. and Weigand, D. A., 2002. Goal profiles and perceptions of peer, teacher, and sport hero motivational climate in physical education. Journal of Sport Behavior, 25, pp. 19-40.
Weigand, D., Carr, S., Petherick, C. and Taylor, A., 2001. Motivational climate in sport and PE: The role of significant others. European Journal of Sports Science, 1, pp. 1-21.
Carr, S. and Weigand, D. A., 2001. Parental, peer, teacher, and sporting hero influence on the goal orientations of children in physical education. European Physical Education Review, 7 (3), pp. 305-329.
Carr, S., Weigand, D. A. and Jones, J., 2000. The relative influence of parents, peers and sporting hereos on goal orientations of children and adolescents in sport. Journal of Sport Pedagogy, 6 (2), pp. 34-55.
Carr, S., Weigand, D. A. and Hussey, W., 1999. The relative influence of parents, teachers, and peers on children and adolescents' achievement and intrinsic motivation and perceived competence in physical education. Journal of Sport Pedagogy, 5 (1), pp. 28-50.