Audience support and choking under pressure: a home disadvantage?

  title={Audience support and choking under pressure: a home disadvantage?},
  author={Harry M. Wallace and Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs},
  journal={Journal of sports sciences},
  volume={23 4},
This paper highlights the not-so-obvious but compelling reasons why the same supportive audiences that can help performers attain their highest potential also may increase performers' risk of choking under pressure. Drawing primarily from social psychology research and theory, we conclude that audience support magnifies performance pressure and induces performers to avoid failure rather than seek success during the most critical moments of performance contests. Although supportive audiences can… CONTINUE READING
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