On 12/15/2020, at 7:00 AM, I sent my first corresponding email to Dr. Woodcock, which read as follows:
“Dear Dr. Woodcock,
I am William Bradford, a high school student at Renaissance School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am conducting my Senior Thesis research on performance psychology.
I found your work integrating the IZOF framework and Kellmann and Beckmann’s eight-phase research cycle insightful and enlightening. After reading it, I found that I had a few questions I would like to ask you.
Would you be open to an online interview sometime between now and January 6th or 7th? I am typically available on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12:00 and 6:00 PM EST, but I would be glad to accommodate your schedule.
I am certain you are busy, so if scheduling a call does not work for you, I have attached questions below, in case you may have the opportunity to answer via email instead.
Thank you so much for your kind consideration,
With my highest regards,
1. First, I would like to start with a personal question. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your research?
2. What is your opinion on the use of inventories and models such as the Stress-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Individualized Zones of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) model in less physical sports such as chess or esports?
3. Would you equate the effect of positive self-talk to that of placebos? Why or why not?
4. Which inventory do you find to be the most effective for gauging stress? Why?
5. Which emotional regulation strategies do you find work most frequently? Do you have a personal favorite?
6. In the future, do you anticipate the development of a universal performance tool, similar to the IZOF framework, that can encompass each emotion and aspect of performance? Do you think that each sentiment and emotion will continue to be compartmentalized into their own respective inventories? Why or why not?”
She responded at 9:51 AM, with the following email:
Thank you for your email and inviting me to an interview. I am interested in knowing a little more about the purpose of the interview, and the intended use of information gleaned from our exchange.
Before we continue our conversation, it is important I explain that my research has not followed a linear trajectory and I no longer work closely within the field of sport psychology. In recent years, my work has moved towards health research and I am currently working in clinical trials. I am no longer at the coal face of applied sport psychology practice and the work I carried out in the early 2010s feels like a long time ago. As such, I am unsure I will be the most appropriate candidate for your interview.
With this in mind, I am however happy to discuss your questions if you still feel it would be worthwhile.
Dr Charlotte Woodcock FHEA
Lecturer in Applied Health Research”
In response, I sent the following email, which was where our correspondence left off as of 12/15/2020:
“Dear Dr. Woodcock,
Thank you for your quick response. I would like to use the information gleaned from our exchange to compare the state and methods of performance psychology in sports, esports, and the performance arts.
I was aware of your recent change in research subjects before I contacted you and chose to contact you anyway because of your specific research experience. If you would still like to proceed, please let me know.
Please let me know if you have any further questions,
Thank you for your time and kindest regards,