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September 23rd 2013:How to Hit and Think at the Same Time

Yogi Berra claimed that you can’t hit a baseball and think at the same time; the choreographer George Balanchine would tell his dancers, “don’t think; just do,” and the psychologist Sian Beilock has conducted experiments which support, as she sees it, the phenomenon of “paralysis by analysis,” or as she puts it in her popular book Choke, “heightened attention to detail can actually mess you up.” But does thinking really interfere with expert performance? Does attention to detail tend to mess you up? Going against a long tradition of thinkers who have advocated the view that thinking interfer

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Barbara Gail Montero

Barbara Gail Montero is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has published papers on wide range of topics related to the mind and is author of a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on thought and effort in expert action. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation. You can find a more about her and her research at
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