Why do the best athletes NOT always make the best coaches?
We always think of the mind telling the body what to do, but the communication goes the other way too, from the body to the mind. "How The Body Knows Its Mind" is about how our body and our surroundings affect how we think, learn, and behave. Simple actions can have big effects on our ability to learn, perform and feel our best – we just have to know what they are.
“Until now, the fascinating new science of 'embodied cognition' has been known only to a handful of researchers. Sian Beilock shares the insights of this exciting field with the rest of us. Through vivid stories and clear explanations, Beilock reveals how our bodies shape our thoughts and actions in surprising and compelling ways. It's rare to find a first-class scientist who is also a first-class writer; Beilock, lucky for us, is both.”
Why do you mess up when it matters the most—and how can you perform your best instead?
Linking body and mind closer than ever before, CHOKE provides counterintuitive revelations about intelligence and performance. Packed with practical advice about ways to not choke in high-pressure situations, this book will have you succeeding brilliantly when it matters most.
“ A kind of queen of choke..., she has spent much of her time exposing and exploring mechanisms [of choking]. Her labs include a putting room where she can find a way to make virtually anyone screw up putts that were easy just moments before. 'Choking is so clearly mental.' says Beilock. 'It's a lot more complicated than just 'Don't think about it.'
There are chokes that rise not from overthinking but from poor thinking. She offers evidence both anecdotal and experimental. Faulty thinking amounts to a different sort of choke: a disruption of quick but vital data-checks, calculations, and recalibrations--a failure of cognition... Call it a cognichoke.
[Her work] is a vision of athletic performance both alluring and daunting. Sports start to look a lot more like real life - and much more demanding.”