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PLoS One. 2020 Feb 21;15(2):e0228870. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228870. eCollection 2020.

Performance under pressure in skill tasks: An analysis of professional darts.

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Department of Business Administration and Economics, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany.
Department of Psychology and Sports Science, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany.


Understanding and predicting how individuals perform in high-pressure situations is of importance in designing and managing workplaces. We investigate performance under pressure in professional darts as a near-ideal setting with no direct interaction between players and a high number of observations per subject. Analyzing almost one year of tournament data covering 32,274 dart throws, we find no evidence in favor of either choking or excelling under pressure.

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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