I enjoy watching competitions, cheering on athletes as they put their all into a contest. I often wonder, though, what effects this cheering has on an athlete’s performance. When I played basketball, I used to get a bit more nervous but also a bit more focused on my game when I heard the crowd whistling and clapping. I didn’t feel much of an audience effect, though, when I played to the quiet spectators in a piano recital. As with most human attributes, there is likely a lot of variation in the effect cheering on athletic performance. What is your experience?
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