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Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To Hardcover – Sep 21 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (Sept. 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416596178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416596172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Alluring and daunting” -- Wired.com

“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

"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."
--Time Magazine

“. . . 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 Your Body

“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

“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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sian Beilock, a leading expert on cognitive science and the many factors influencing all types of performance, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. She received a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego in 1997 and PhDs in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University in 2003.

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I read Choke recently (and heard the author on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera) and found it enlightening. As a counsellor at a university in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, I work with many students on the issue of test anxiety. For years, I've been using some of the elements that she references, especially understanding the nature of anxiety from a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and/or mindfulness perspective. But her research about having students write before an exam, both about multiple facets of oneself AND about one's worries about an upcoming test, has enriched my understanding of what may help to prevent choking. I'm already incorporating those findings into my practice with students, especially since the idea of developing a mindfulness practice is not always an easy 'sell' with students.

I also think the chapters in the book on procedurally-based tasks will be applicable to our nursing students who freeze during their early clinical experiences and our music students, during recitals: inserting an IV line properly or performing on stage is more like making a putt than like answering a question on a test.

The beauty of the book is that it not overly-technical, and so is completely accessible to lay people as well as professionals. I'll be recommending it to students.
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I chose this rating because I found that it talked too much about the research and not enough about what steps we can take to overcome the anxiety when we need to perform.

It has great research and I could understand the sports analogies but I had a difficult time finding a solution to my problem which is why I purchased the book.
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Some useful hints, however most of book is full of fluff/filler to pad it out. Could have been condensed into 20 or so pages.
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Really too technical and not at all what I was expecting . I expected simpler guidelines and more direct instructions
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Awesome book, very interesting author, loved it
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