Will You Choke Under Pressure? Find Out!
I recently had the chance to have a great conversation with a former professor of mine from Miami who had gone on to do some really cool research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sian Beilock is a professor of Psychology at U of C and is the author of two great books, Choke and How The Body Knows It’s Mind.
Choke is about the mechanisms in the brain that lead to sub-optimal performance when the stakes are highest. We all have a lot to learn from this book because it applies to high stress test environments, important sales, and also sports performance.
How Your Body Knows It’s Mind is more about how your physical environment effects state of mind. For example, your physical facial expression can actually influence your brain chemistry to match that emotion, giving new validity to the term “fake it to make it”. For example, some psychologists are treating depression with Botox because of the signature perma-grin or perma-surprised face a new injection can leave patients with.
On this episode of the Hockey Strength Podcast, we talk with Dr Beilock about how to coach our athletes in a way that makes them less likely to choke under pressure, and learn how to instruct to maximize learning, performance, and retention. Enjoy the podcast!