Psychological Reasoning And Physical Reasoning

1478 Words May 26th, 2016 6 Pages
We have all seen that game. It is the game that everybody wishes to watch over and over again just to make sure it actually happened. When it comes down to the last few seconds of the game and somebody makes the shot, scores the run, or catches the pass when everyone else thought it would be over. But what is it about these athletes that makes them so clutch, meaning graceful under pressure or always seeming to make those amazing plays when they are needed the most. Is it just pure luck or is there some type of psychological reasoning behind what these athletes have that others do not? And for those athletes that do not seem to have that grace under pressure, can they be taught it?

Many psychologists believe that grace under pressure and the ability to be clutch has everything to do with the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, commonly known as the wandering nerve due to it’s multiple branches, diverges from two thick stems located in the cerebellum and the brain stem. The vagus nerve wanders to the lowest region of the abdomen and touches major organs, such as the heart, along the way. According to an article published by Psychology Today, author Christopher Bergland states that “your vagus nerve is the commander-in-chief when it comes to having grace under pressure. The autonomic nervous system is comprised of two polar opposite systems that create a complementary tug-of-war which allows your body to maintain homeostasis (inner-stability).” The two systems mentioned by…
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