Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Stressed? Clench Your Left Fist
Research finds that athletes perform better under pressure if they clench their left hand (and, also, instead of their right hand).
Panicking is primarily due to the brain's left hemisphere; the right hemisphere controls the body's left side's movements (and the left hemisphere controls body's right side's movements). Researchers correctly posited that if the right hemisphere is triggered (e.g by squeezing your left hand) physical performance will improve and the panicky thoughts of the left hemisphere will fade.
The study suggests its findings can extend beyond sports to all mechanical activities.