Jessica Pegg

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Katherine Polasek, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Samantha Moss, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Kevin Dames, Ph.D.


Thesis Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between social cognition and team cohesion in Division III collegiate athletes. Methods: A total of 103 athletes from SUNY Cortland participated. Two questionnaires were used: social cognition was assessed via the Tromsø Social Intelligence Scale (TSIS), and team cohesion was assessed via the Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ). The two questionnaires, along with demographics, were completed online. Analysis: Pearson’s bivariate correlations were analyzed to assess the relationships among TSIS total score, GEQ total score, and GEQ social cohesion for the total sample and separately by sports season and sports type. Linear regressions were conducted on the cohesion/social cognition relationship based on sports season and type. Chow tests were performed to determine any structural break for sports season and sports type on the cohesion/social cognition relationship. Independent samples t-tests were evaluated to determine differences in average scores for social cognition, team cohesion, and social cohesion between sports seasons (in vs off season) and sports types (individual vs team sports). Conclusion: The social cognition/cohesion relationship was present in sports at a Division III university. These findings establish a foundation for further investigation of the insufficiently researched socio-cognitive relationship in sports.