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Timeouts and Psychological Momentum in Sports: A Data Driven Answer


Ho Huynh

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Imagine that you're watching your favorite sports team compete against your rival. Although your team has held the lead for most of the game, your rivals make a furious comeback, scoring on three consecutive occasions. Although fretful, you find comfort in seeing your team's coach signaling foe timeout. Conversational wisdom suggest that timeouts can curb opponents' momentum, but empirical support for this notion is lacking. This lecture will review empirical literature on psychological momentum and present evidence from more than 10,000 plays and 5,700 timeouts in women's volleyball matches to provide an answer to this dilemma.

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