Dr Itay Basevitch


Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Department:School of Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sport and exercise sciences

Itay’s main research experiences and interests are in the areas of decision-making skills in team sports and the relationship among environmental stimuli, exercise performance and related cognitive variables.



Itay is specifically interested in the decision-making process (eg anticipation) in team sports. He finds teams intriguing because of the complex dynamics involved in sharing information among teammates. He is also interested in the effects of environmental stimuli, such as odours, on exercise performance and related cognitive variables (eg attention). In his work, Itay values the scientific-practitioner approach and emphasises both the applied and research learning experiences.

Research interests

  • Perceptual-cognitive skills in sports (eg anticipation, situational assessment, decision making)
  • The relationship between exercise and attention, exertion, and executive functions
  • Expert performance in sports
  • Shared mental models (SMM) in sports


BSc (Hons) Sports Science, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education, BSc (Hons) Coaching for Performance in Football


  • Phd Sport and Exercise Psychology – Game Reading Skills in Soccer, Florida State University
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology – Visual and Skill Effects on Soccer Passing, Florida State University
  • BA Psychology and Sociology, Tel Aviv University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • Sport psychology consultant for collegiate-level football (soccer) and American football teams

Selected recent publications

Shipherd, A.M., Siwatu, K., Barcza, K. and Basevitch, I., 2014. Development and Evaluation of a Team Building Intervention with a U.S. Collegiate Rugby Team: A Mixed Methods Approach. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 6, pp.31-48.

Medeiros, Filho, E. S., Gershgoren, L., Basevitch, I. and Tenenbaum, G., 2014. Profile of high-performing college soccer teams: An exploratory multi-level analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15(5), pp.559-568.

Tenenbaum, G., Basevitch, I. and Gutierrez, O., 2014. Cognitive capabilities. In Eklund, R. and Tenenbaum, G. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. (Vol. 3, pp.136-137). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483332222.n54.

Medeiros Filho, E.S., Gershgoren, L., Basevitch, I., Schinke R. and Tenenbaum, G., 2014. Peer Leadership and Shared Mental Models in a College Volleyball Team: A Season Long Case Study. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Medeiros Filho, E.S., Basevitch, I., Yang, Y. and Tenenbaum, G., 2013. Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? A Comparison of the Brazilian and Italian Soccer Styles. Kinesiology, 45, pp.213-221.

Basevitch, I., Razon, S., Filho, E., Boiangin, N., Gutierrez, O., Braun, R., Arsal, G. and Tenenbaum, G., 2013. The Effect of Olfactory Ovulation Cues on Males' Attention Allocation and Perception of Exertion. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 5, pp.5-18.

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

Medeiros Filho, E.S., Basevitch, I. and Tenenbaum, G., 2012. In the Huddle: What Role can Sport Psychology Consultants Play in the Promotion of Physical Activity and Wellness? Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 3, pp.52-60.

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

Basevitch, I. and Medeiros Filho, E.S., 2011. A Qualitative Examination of College-Athlete Team Captains: On- and off-Field Issues. Performance Excellence Movement Newsletter, pp.2-4.

Basevitch, I., Thompson, B., Braun, R., Razon, S., Arsal. G., Tokac, U., Medeiros Filho, E.F., Nascimento-Razor, T. and Tenenbaum, G., 2011. Olfactory Effects on Attention Allocation and Perception of Exertion. The Sport Psychologist, 25, pp.144-158.

Basevitch, I., Ward, P., Ericsson, A.K., Ehrlinger, J. and Medeiros, F.E., 2010. Practice habits, self-beliefs, self-evaluation and soccer skill level. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 32, S57-S58.

Razon, S., Basevitch, I., Filho, E., Land, W., Thompson, B., Biermann, M. and Tenenbaum, G., 2010. Associative and dissociative imagery effects on perceived exertion, attention, and adherence. Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 5, pp.1-25.