September 30, 2011

Science of 'Choking Under Pressure' in Sports

Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune


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In poignantly predictable baseball news, the Chicago Cubs have once again failed to reach the postseason. Some fans speak of the team as being cursed, while others dismiss that notion as an excuse for poor play or bad management.

After all, they ask, why would the failure of one group of guys in, say, 1969 (when they famously collapsed in September) or 1984 (when they just missed becoming National League champions) have any impact on an entirely different group of players in 2011?

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TAGGED: Baseball, Soccer, Psychology, Sports Science

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