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Why Athletes Need a ‘Quiet Eye’

By Staff

Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:16 PM

Want to know who will win a World Cup game or Wimbledon match? Look closely at the athletes’ eyes—including when it seems they're about to lose. If anyone knows how to grab a victory from the jaws of defeat, it’s Serena Williams. Through the years, she has made several breath-taking comebacks, managing to pull back even when her opponents are serving a match point. In each case, the extreme pressure, rather than causing her to crumble, only seemed to sharpen her concentration. Psychologists and neuroscientists have pinpointed some of the common mental processes that mark out elite athletes such as Williams. They’ve identified a phenomenon known as the “quiet eye”—a kind of enhanced visual perception that allows the athlete to eliminate any distractions as they plan their next move. Read More.

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