Trash Talk Really Does Make People Perform Worse
“Trash talk” is prettycommon in sports and gaming. It turns out that mouthing off in the heat of thegame might actually be a sound strategy.
A new study shows that trash talking can significantly hinder anopponent’s performance. It causes opponents to feel shame and anger, whichultimately equals a loss of focus.The study author said, “We alwaysthink of sports as being very physical games but they are absolutely mentalgames.”She is hoping her research can be used to help coaches create drillsfor the mental part of the game, not just the physical