If you’ve practiced diligently, you’ll triumph when your skill level meets a worthy challenge. Yet when an audience is observing, when the stakes are high or when the penalties for failure are large, even accomplished performers can choke as their thought processes take an unwelcome detour to the prefrontal cortex – the home of insecure self-appraisals. Cognitive scientist Sian Leah Beilock examines performance anxiety and shares her firsthand experience. getAbstract recommends her practical tips to anyone who wants to learn to excel under pressure.
About the Speaker
Cognitive scientist Sian Leah Beilock is the president of Barnard College. She studies performance anxiety.