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The New Neuroscience of Choking-Jonah Lehrer

The New Neuroscience of Choking-Jonah Lehrer | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Choking isn’t just a hazard for athletes: the condition also afflicts opera singers and actors, hedge-fund traders and chess grandmasters. All of sudden, just when these experts most need to perform, their expertise is lost. The grace of talent disappears. As Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in his 2000 article on the psychology of choking, the phenomenon can seem like an amorphous category of failure. Nevertheless, choking is actually triggered by a specific mental mistake: thinking too much...Sian Beilock, a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, has documented the choking process in her lab."

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Sian Beilock: "Choke" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Sian Beilock: "Choke" | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Sian Beilock professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and an expert on brain science talks about why we "choke" when stressed. She paints a portrait of how people handle -- successfully or unsuccessfully -- life's daily pressures.

Listen to this NPR interview or view transcript.

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Why Do People Choke When the Stakes Are High?

Why Do People Choke When the Stakes Are High? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

In sports, on a game show, or just on the job, what causes people to choke when the stakes are high? A new study by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) suggests that when there are high financial incentives to succeed, people can become so afraid of losing their potentially lucrative reward that their performance suffers.

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