Limiting motor skill knowledge via incidental training protects against choking under pressure

  title={Limiting motor skill knowledge via incidental training protects against choking under pressure},
  author={Taraz G. Lee and Daniel Ernesto Acuna and Konrad Paul Kording and Scott T. Grafton},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin & Review},
  • Taraz G. Lee, Daniel Ernesto Acuna, +1 author Scott T. Grafton
  • Published 2019
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • The paradoxical harmful effects of motivation and incentives on skilled performance (“choking under pressure”) are observed in a wide variety of motor tasks. Two theories of this phenomenon suggest that choking under pressure occurs due to maladaptive attention and top-down control, either through distraction away from the task or interference via an overreliance on controlled processing of a skilled task. A third theory, overmotivation (or overarousal), suggests that under pressure… CONTINUE READING
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