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Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind

Barbara Gail Montero


How does thinking affect doing? There is a widely held view—both in academia and in the popular press—that thinking about what you are doing as you are doing it, hinders performance. Once you have acquired the ability to putt a golf ball, play an arpeggio on the piano, or parallel-park, reflecting on your actions, many believe, leads to inaccuracies, blunders, and sometimes even utter paralysis. Experts, accordingly, don’t need to try to do what they have been trained to do; they proceed automatically. But is this true? After presenting an overview of some of the contemporary and historical ma ... More

Keywords: expertise, skill, action, automaticity, control, thought, effort, sport, art, chess

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Gail Montero, author
The City University of New York