Off Topic: Tricking athletes into performing

Fascinating article on the New York Times about using deception to make cyclists push themselves past what they thought their limits were in training.

It’s a shame I don’t have  coach for my road cycling….I’m not really sure if I will be able to “trick myself”, haha.

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz Matt Nolan

    Interesting.  So its all about manipulating expectations aye – sounds good.

    Why don’t you get Rauparaha to become your coach?

  • Joe

    Interesting indeed. My thing is, for an economics blog, this sort of stuff should very much be on topic. It’s useful to think about rational actors and what have you, but if we don’t also have an appreciation for the quirks of how people actually behave, what’s the point?

    I wonder what other applications there might be for this knowledge (outside of sports)…

    • http://www.tvhe.co.nz Matt Nolan

      I agree that it is an “on-topic” post.  I suspect agnitio put that comment in his title to explain why he wasn’t going to go into any detail about explaining the phenomenon – he was just going to mention it.

      • http://www.tvhe.co.nz agnitio

        You understand my laziness and link farming all too well Matt:)