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Automatic Behavior

Shortstop Psychology: The Mystery of the Yips

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What's going on that a highly skilled athlete can suddenly and inexplicably lose the fundamentals of fielding? The usual explanation is that these players start to "overthink" their automatic, highly tuned visual and motor skills, and sabotage them in the process. But this has never been proven, nor is it clear just what this means on a basic cognitive level.