Performance science is the multidisciplinary study of human performance. It draws together methodologies across numerous scientific disciples, including those of psychology, physiology, sociology, and economics, to understand the fundamental skills, mechanisms, and outcomes of performance activities and experiences. It carries implications for various domains of skilled human activity, often performed under extreme stress and/or under the scrutiny of audiences or evaluators. These include performances across the arts, sport, education, and business, particularly those occupations involving the delivery of highly trained skills such as in surgery and management.
Centers of research and teaching
The following institutions conduct research and/or teach under the banner of performance science, though most specialize in particular applied domains.
- 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
- Centre for Human Performance Sciences, Stellenbosch University
- Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, Imperial College London
- Human Performance Science Research Group, University of Edinburgh
- Performance and Science Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association
- Performance Science Unit, Sports Institute for Northern Ireland
- Environmental psychology
- Industrial and organizational psychology
- Military psychology
- Music psychology
- Sport psychology
- Williamon, Aaron. "Frontiers in Psychology; Performance Science; Scope". Frontiers in Performance Science. Frontiers Media. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Centre for Human Performance Sciences, Stellenbosch University". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Centre for Performance Science". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
- "Human Performance Science Research Group, University of Edinburgh". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Performance and Science Working Group, TaPRA". Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "Sports Institute for Northern Ireland". Retrieved 14 December 2015.