It has been proven time and again that preconceived notions could lead to performance problems and therefore, its better to keep an open mind in forming opinions about anything. However, here's an exception when certain beliefs can actually, help improve performance.
With the FIFA 2014 finals just a couple of hours away, now is the appropriate time to explain this. You must have heard Shakira's FIFA 2014 theme song. Ever wondered why they play sport chants in stadiums while the game is on?
The obvious answer would be sport chants induce a high energy in players and spectators. Surprisingly, its not just the energy but, the preconceived notion or the belief a.k.a the placebo effect, music improves team performance, that actually, helps players score during the game.
Clearly, there's a correlation between sport chants and team performance even though the causation is slightly ambiguous. On that note, here's one of my favorite sport chants from the Hindi movie, Chak De India in the powerful vocals of Sukhwinder Singh and composed by Salim-Sulaiman.
What's your favorite sport chant and why do you like it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.