Get excited: reappraising pre-performance anxiety as excitement.

@article{Brooks2014GetER,
  title={Get excited: reappraising pre-performance anxiety as excitement.},
  author={Alison Wood Brooks},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={2014},
  volume={143 3},
  pages={
          1144-58
        }
}
  • A. Brooks
  • Published 1 June 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of experimental psychology. General
Individuals often feel anxious in anticipation of tasks such as speaking in public or meeting with a boss. I find that an overwhelming majority of people believe trying to calm down is the best way to cope with pre-performance anxiety. However, across several studies involving karaoke singing, public speaking, and math performance, I investigate an alternative strategy: reappraising anxiety as excitement. Compared with those who attempt to calm down, individuals who reappraise their anxious… Expand
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