From elite athletes to students preparing to take an exam, people sometimes become overwhelmed by the pressure and this affects their ability to access their performance ability. Researchers reveal techniques to help prevent choking under pressure.
Soccer players who feel anxious at the thought of kicking a penalty kick and who miss the goal show more activity in the prefrontal cortex. Overthinking the shot, researchers say, could play a role in missing a goal.
JHU researchers investigated the mindsets of Olympians. The brain activity of medal contenders reveals who will choke under pressure, and who will keep their cool.