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​The Neuroscience of Peak Performance and Flow

  • March 7, 2016
  • Blog

What is happening in the minds and bodies of musicians when they play their best? Are peak performance and flow simply subjective perceptions of performance excellence?  Or are they distinct mental states, sets of optimal behaviors, a heightened sense of self-confidence…

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Dr. Gannon in the San Francisco Chronicle

Expert Advice: Brain-Based Techniques Help Body Neutralize "Stage Fright" Performance anxiety, also known as "stage fright," is not reserved for the Barbra Streisands and Carly Simons of the world, two singers well known for their preperformance jitters. In fact, a…

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31st Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium

31st Annual Performing Arts Medicine Association Symposium  in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival & School Viceroy Resort & Hotel, Snowmass, Colorado Sunday, July 21st, 2013 Plenary Presentation 2:45 – 3:00 PM “Reconceptualizing The Treatment of Music Performance Anxiety” Workshop…

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KQED Forum – Choking

  • January 6, 2012
  • Blog

KQED's Forum radio show had an interesting show on the psychology of "choking", otherwise known as performance anxiety. Focusing on the trials and tribulations of Jordan Williamson, a freshman field goal kicker for Stanford who missed three crucial field goals…

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Tips for Dealing With Test Anxiety

  • September 27, 2011
  • Blog

Test anxiety is defined as excessive worry about doing well on a test, either before the test or while taking a test. Test anxiety is the same as performance anxiety that triggers a range of physiological symptoms in response to…

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Can The Flow State Be Triggered On Demand?

  • December 12, 2010
  • Blog

There has long been awareness that performers in all disciplines are capable of entering a particular mental state that yields optimal performance. Typically referred to as “flow” or “being in the zone” or just “going unconscious”, performance psychologists prefer the…

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