Sian Beilock, a leading expert on the brain science behind human performance, is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Chicago. She has PhDs in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University, and received an award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011.
If you aspire to be cool under maximum pressure (and who doesn't?),
Beilock offers smart tips such as practicing under pressure and
'pausing the choke' by walking away from the problem for a few
minutes in order to think clearly.
". . . a must read for golfers." - WorldGolf
"Choke is an important, fascinating book. Everyone who is looking for optimal performance would benefit from reading it and implementing its principles."
--Daniel G. Amen, MD, Author of Change Your Brain, Change
"A wonderful exploration of what happens inside when you choke on the outside. Essential for anyone who has, or plans, to compete, and especially for those who have choked."
--Andrew Newberg, M.D., co-author of How God Changes Your Brain and Born to Believe
"Do you want to hit better shots on the golf course? Score higher on the SAT? Get less nervous before speaking in public? In this marvelous book, Sian Beilock will tell you how, as she reveals the mental secrets to performing under pressure."
--Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist
"Readable explanations for why we choke and valuable suggestions for what we can do to get through a make-or-break moment with a better chance of success."
--Wall Street Journal