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The Performance Cortex

How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius

by Zach Schonbrun


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ISBN: 9781909715653
Published: 12 Jul 2018
Format: Paperback
Extent: 352
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Arena Sport
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About the Book

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.

The Author

Zach Schonbrun

Zach Schonbrun has been a contributing writer for The New York Times since 2011, covering primarily sports and business. Hegraduated from Syracuse University with a degree in economics in 2009 and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’sGraduate School of Journalism in 2011. His work has also appeared in ESPN magazine, Newsday, The Washington Post, Yahoo! Sports,VICE, and SB Nation Longform. He currently lives in New York City with his newly wed wife.