2007-02-11

More on tennis: are women chokers?

Steven Landsburg cites a research by a professor (who I suspect have nothing better to do) which shows that women tennis players are more likely to commit unforced errors on important points than unimportant points. Men, the calm and cool half of the species, do not show such variability.

After toying with stats from Grand Slam tournaments, the professor concludes that when the pressure's on (i.e. when playing the important points), both men and women get more defensive (and by about the same amount)—but only women make more errors.

Women Are Chokers: Studies show they cave under pressure. Why? (Slate, 9/2/07)

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