Is monitoring one’s actions causally relevant to choking under pressure?


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Barbara Gail Montero
CUNY Graduate Center
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I have a painfully vivid memory of performing the Venezuelan choreographer Vincente Nebrada’s ballet Pentimento.After graduating from high school at age 15 and before entering college, I spent a number of years working as a professional ballet dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre , among other companies. I was a new member of North Carolina Dance Theatre, and although the company had presented the piece on a number of occasions, this was the first time the director was watching from the audience rather than the wings. In the middle of a pas de deux, I choked big time and blanked out on the choreography; try as I may, I could not remember a single step. My partner, who had been with the company for years, knew what was going on and manipulated my limbs until something clicked and I was able to find the choreography again. Following the performance, when we gathered onstage for notes, the director was so appalled that the only comme ..
Keywords Choking under pressure  Expert action  Explicit monitoring theory  Sian Beilock  Distraction theory  Working memory  Dance  Athletics  Sport  Golf  Soccer
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