The Performance Cortex

How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius

by Zach Schonbrun


The Performance Cortex

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‘Schonbrun’s deep dive into the cutting-edge science of human movement gives the reader X-ray vision into the brains of the world’s greatest performers. It will enthrall anyone who has watched a sporting event and asked: How do they do that?’ – David Epstein, author of the bestselling The Sports Gene

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.

Zach Schonbrun has been a contributing writer for The New York Times since 2011, covering primarily sports and business. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in economics in 2009 and earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate 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.

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ISBN: 9781909715653

Publication date: 12/07/2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 352

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Sport