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How to Stay Calm under Pressure

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By TedEd

Your favorite athlete closes in for a win; the crowd holds its breath, and at the crucial moment … she misses the shot.

That competitor just experienced the phenomenon known as “choking,” where despite months, even years, of practice, a person fails right when it matters most.

Why does this happen, and what can we do to avoid it? Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen explain why we choke under pressure. Watch this video:

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