What Climbers Can Teach Us About Focus

To trad climb is to be faced with hundreds of such split-second micro decisions, the consequences of which can be fatal. That emphasis on human judgment and its fallibility intrigued Anne McLaughlin, a psychology professor at NC State University. An attention and behavior researcher, she set out to model how and why rock climbers make decisions, and she recruited Page Weil and 31 other trad climbers to contribute data to the project.