Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)

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In the midst of one of the most memorable chokes in sports history, Jean Van de Velde looks at his ball in the burn on the 18th hole of the 1999 British Open. (Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport)

Season 8, Episode 7

It happens to just about everyone, whether you’re going for Olympic gold or giving a wedding toast. Stephen J. Dubner talks to psychologists, economists, and the golfer who some say committed the greatest choke of all time.

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To)” and “Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?