The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius by Zach SchonbrunNot groundbreaking, but interesting and easy to read. Research on the subject and our understanding of athletic performance are still very much in their infancy, but the hope is that books like this will spark future interest. The ending feels abrupt and unrelated to the heading of the last chapter (perhaps more appropriate as an epilogue). Finally, it would have been nice to have a proper conclusion (somewhat lacking as is), bringing the whole book together and hinting at (or at least asking) where we might go from here.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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Remember Me. Be warned — it gets pretty wonky, loaded with jargon and some fairly sophisticated science discussion. Professional sports franchises are constantly on the hunt for anything that will give them an edge. However, those same franchises often struggle with any idea that in any way upsets the established paradigm. Basically, they want to have their cake and eat it too — they want to make improvements without actually changing their philosophy in any significant way. Their plan? To gather neurological data that will provide insight into a heretofore unparsed question — what happens in the brain to allow a big-league hitter to actually hit a ball?