The Performance Cortex

The Performance Cortex

The trail begins with the groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball who are upending the traditional ways scouts evaluate the speed with which great players read a pitch.

Author: Zach Schonbrun

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101986349

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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“A must-read for the cerebral sports fan…like Moneyball except nerdier. Much nerdier.” --Sports Illustrated Why couldn't Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, crush a baseball? Why can't modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are? On a quest to discover what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential, journalist, sports writer, and fan Zach Schonbrun interviewed experts on motor control around the world. The trail begins with the groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball who are upending the traditional ways scouts evaluate the speed with which great players read a pitch. Across all sports, new theories and revolutionary technology are revealing how the brain's motor control system works in extraordinary talented athletes like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more. Whether it is timing a 95 mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires a complex suite of computations that many take for granted--until they read The Performance Cortex. Zach Schonbrun ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we marvel over and seek to develop in our own lives. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Performance Cortex

The Performance Cortex

How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius Zach Schonbrun. - eves the READERX-Ray vision into the BRANs of the world's ol createst performers ... enthrauline o How NEURoscENCE: REDEFINING ATHLETIC Giro1.

Author: Zach Schonbrun

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 9781788851053

Category: Education

Page: 352

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Why couldn’t Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, hit a baseball? Why can’t modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are? In this deeply researched book, Sports and Business reporter Zach Schonbrun explores what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential. The groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball is only the beginning. Schonbrun traces the fascinating history of motor research and details how new investigations in the brain are helping explain the extraordinary skills of talented performers like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more. Whether it is timing a 95-mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires extraordinary computation that many take for granted – until now. The Performance Cortex ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we strain to see in our cavernous arenas. It’s not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It’s about the million-dollar brain.
Categories: Education

Practicing Music by Design

Practicing Music by Design

Historic Virtuosi on Peak Performance Christopher Berg ... Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry Vol. 50 (1987): 1267–1273. ... The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius. New York: Dutton, 2018.

Author: Christopher Berg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429576317

Category: Music

Page: 190

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Practicing Music by Design: Historic Virtuosi on Peak Performance explores pedagogical practices for achieving expert skill in performance. It is an account of the relationship between historic practices and modern research, examining the defining characteristics and applications of eight common components of practice from the perspectives of performing artists, master teachers, and scientists. The author presents research past and present designed to help musicians understand the abstract principles behind the concepts. After studying Practicing Music by Design, students and performers will be able to identify areas in their practice that prevent them from developing. The tenets articulated here are universal, not instrument-specific, borne of modern research and the methods of legendary virtuosi and teachers. Those figures discussed include: Luminaries Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin Renowned performers Anton Rubinstein, Mark Hambourg, Ignace Paderewski, and Sergei Rachmaninoff Extraordinary teachers Theodor Leschetizky, Rafael Joseffy, Leopold Auer, Carl Flesch, and Ivan Galamian Lesser-known musicians who wrote perceptively on the subject, such as violinists Frank Thistleton, Rowsby Woof, Achille Rivarde, and Sydney Robjohns Practicing Music by Design forges old with new connections between research and practice, outlining the practice practices of some of the most virtuosic concert performers in history while ultimately addressing the question: How does all this work to m practice practices [ first word is in italics] ake for better musicians and artists?
Categories: Music

The Classical Guitar Companion

The Classical Guitar Companion

Zach Schonbrun, author of The Performance Cortex, gives a concrete example of this latency and a clue for how to ... 2 Zach Schonbrun, The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius (New York: Dutton, 2018), 68.

Author: Christopher Berg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190051129

Category: Music

Page: 272

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The Classical Guitar Companion is an anthology of guitar exercises, etudes, and pieces organized according to technique or musical texture. Expert author Christopher Berg, a veteran guitar instructor, bring together perspectives as an active performing artist and as a teacher who has trained hundreds of guitarists to encourages students to work based on their own strengths and weaknesses. The book opens with "Learning the Fingerboard", a large section devoted to establishing a thorough knowledge of the guitar fingerboard through a systematic and rigorous study of scales and fingerboard harmony, which will lead to ease and fluency in sight-reading and will reduce the time needed to learn a repertoire piece. The following sections "Scales and Scale Studies", "Repeated Notes", "Slurs", "Harmony", "Arpeggios", "Melody with Accompaniment", "Counterpoint" and "Florid or Virtuoso Studies" each contain text and examples that connect material to fingering practices of composers and practice strategies to open a path to interpretive freedom in performance. The Classical Guitar Companion will serve as a helpful companion for many years of guitar study.
Categories: Music

Searching for the Limits of Human Physical Performance

Searching for the Limits of Human Physical Performance

Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity by Anson Rabinbach (University of California Press, 1990), and Zach Schonbrun's The Performance Cortex. How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius (Dutton, 2018).

Author: Thomas Rowland

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527547094

Category: Science

Page: 280

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What is it that limits how fast we can run, or how long we can row, cycle, or swim without tiring? What is exercise fatigue? One dares to say that not a single human being has not experienced those unpleasant feelings of physical exhaustion when taxed by some form of exercise. These effects are common and obvious, but, despite many years of research efforts, still unexplained. This book examines, from an historical perspective, the quest to decipher the underlying factors responsible for—and, indeed, simply the definition of—exercise fatigue. This story is told in the context of those researchers who have led this search for understanding. Some have been motivated by a search for an epiphany-like insight that would define the mechanisms by which living beings can be limited in their functional capacity, and some have sought this answer relative to socio-political issues surrounding human limitations in labor. Others have even been driven by a need to understand resistance to physical fatigue in humans engaged in war. Today, most such efforts to explain the nature and determinants of exercise fatigue involve optimizing performance in athletes and enhancing both the preventive and therapeutic health outcomes of exercise. The picture provided here is that of a multi-factorial nature of exercise fatigue, the determinants of which may be specific to the type, nature, and duration of the exercise involved. A more contemporary viewpoint, however, would suggest that the interaction between physiological factors may best define one’s ceiling of exercise performance. The implication of such a viewpoint would hold that factors defining exercise fatigue may be even more complicated than previously appreciated, meaning that this is a fascinating mystery waiting to be unraveled.
Categories: Science

The Creative Trance

The Creative Trance

The performance cortex: How neuroscience is redefining athletic genius. New York: Penguin Random House. Schopenhauer, A. (2014). The basis of morality. A. B. Bullock (trans.). Chapel Hill: Project Gutenberg, University of North Carolina ...

Author: Tobi Zausner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108488266

Category: Medical

Page: 251

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An investigation of how the creative trance works across multiple domains in the arts, sciences, sports, and self-transformation.
Categories: Medical

The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts

The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts

23 Zach Schonbrun , The Performance Cortex : How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius ( New York : Penguin , 2018 ) . 24 Rielly , Karate Training . 25 Cooper , " Mizu no Kokoro " ; C. Carlson and M. Charlie , “ Biological Baseball ...

Author: Alex W. Tong

Publisher: Blue Snake Books

ISBN: 9781623176655

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 370

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Through the lenses of Shotokan Karate and biomedicine, sensei and biomedical scientist Alex W. Tong shows readers how body, mind, and spirit can be developed through martial arts practice. Through the practice of martial arts, a person can realize their full potential--not only in body, but in mind and spirit. The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts shows readers how. Author, sensei, and biomedical scientist Alex W. Tong delves into the physical, mental, and spiritual components of martial arts and integrates contemporary sports psychology, kinesiology, and neuroscience into a nuanced and illuminating understanding of what martial arts practice can be. Structured into three sections, Tong discusses: The Mind: The dao of martial arts, mental tranquility, contemporary neuroscience, and warming up the brain The Body: Posture and stance, breathing in martial arts, and the physics of mastery and effort The Spirit: Soul, spirit, and moving zen; nature and manifestations of the spirit Each section includes observations on martial arts origins, physiology, and tangible results on martial arts training. Blending traditional and contemporary approaches, knowledge, and research, The Science and Philosophy of Martial Arts builds a vision of practice that elevates physical performance, awareness, decisiveness, and strength of spirit.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Infinite Baseball

Infinite Baseball

“How Do Athletes' Brains Control Their Movements?” New York Times, April 13, 2018. Schonbrun, Zack. Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius. New York: E.P. Dutton, 2018. Schwartz, Alan.

Author: Alva Noë

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190928186

Category: SPORTS & RECREATION

Page: 209

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"...Philosopher and baseball fan Alva Noë explores the many unexpected ways in which baseball is truly a philosophical kind of game. For example, he ponders how observers of baseball are less interested in what happens, than in who is responsible for what happens; every action receives praise or blame. To put it another way, in baseball - as in the law - we decide what happened based on who is responsible for what happened. Noe also explains the curious activity of keeping score: a score card is not merely a record of the game, like a video recording; it is an account of the game. Baseball requires that true fans try to tell the story of the game, in real time, as it unfolds, and thus actively participate in its creation. Some argue that baseball is fundamentally a game about numbers. Noe's wide-ranging, thoughtful observations show that, to the contrary, baseball is not only a window on language, culture, and the nature of human action, but is intertwined with deep and fundamental human truths."--Dust jacket flap.
Categories: SPORTS & RECREATION