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Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Choking When the Stakes are High

Caption: A new study by researchers at the California Institute of Technology suggests that when there are high financial incentives to succeed, people can become so afraid of losing their potentially lucrative reward that their performance suffers. The researchers also found that the more someone is afraid of loss, the worse they perform.

Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech

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