Vertical Mind book reception is September 17


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The Adams State University Nielsen Library presents a book reception for "Vertical Mind: Psychology of Optimal Rock Climbing (and life)" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Nielsen Library second floor. Author Dr. Jeff Elison, associate professor of psychology, began teaching at Adams State nearly 4 years ago and has been rock climbing for 38 years.

Elison said climbing was one of the reasons he became interested in psychology. "I saw myself and other climbers/competitors struggling with motivation, injuries, fear of falling, fear of failure, etc. and reaping the joys, experiencing flow." Once he became a psychology professor it was natural to use examples from climbing to make class more interesting. That developed into a one-credit workshop on Psychology of Extreme Sports. Discussing all of this with a fellow climber/author led to the collaboration on Vertical Mind. "The feedback has been really gratifying; readers have told us it applies to any sport and life in general."

Dessert will be provided at the reception.