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To dive or not to dive

7 minutes

What football goalies do wrong can teach us how to be better at solving problems

The best way for goalies to defend against penalty kicks during a football match is to stay relatively still, but they almost always dive. Why? Action bias. We simply can’t stand doing nothing in the face of a challenge, even when it’s the smartest course of action.

Video by Sluggish

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