Sports

No One Wins Gold for Practicing the Most

Scientific American: Is it safe to assume that a gold medalist at the Olympics practiced more than a silver medalist—and that a silver medalist practiced more than a bronze winner? Definitely not, according to a new analysis, which looked at nearly 3,000 athletes. The study found that although becoming world More

What Happened to Jordan Spieth?

Inc.: Here’s how it happens, and how you can deal with it. Our brains are structured so that when we have practiced something really well, we no longer need to think about it. Our subconscious processing systems are at work. But when we slow down to focus on our automatic More

Why Virginia Basketball Will Make You Yawn

The Wall Street Journal: Everyone in the NCAA tournament has a pre-game routine, and they’re willing to entertain almost anything if it has the right psychological effects. Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon, though, prepares for the opening tip in what may be the strangest way possible. “I’ve never met a player,” More

The Eternal Appeal of the Underdog

The New York Times: MOST casual college basketball fans can’t name a single player for long-shot Holy Cross, which is in the N.C.A.A. tournament this year with a losing record. We might not know who Stephen F. Austin is (known as the father of Texas, who gave his name to More

How high-fives boost team performance

Sports Illustrated: Can the number of high-fives, hugs and chest-bumps a team exchanges impact its win-loss record? Michael Kraus, a professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management, joins the show to discuss his study on the correlation between physical touch and performance among NBA teams, and how More