We think Alex Honnold’s brain responds differently to fear, that some aspects of emotional intelligence may differentiate different levels of climbing, and that at least one sports psychologist and a climbing trainer I respect think I develop an alright athlete-coach relationship.
Maria Ștefania IONEL, a PhD candidate, is studying the psychological characteristics which make climbers excel at their sport and she’s encouraging climbers to fill out her survey. You can access the link here. Maria is offering incentives for those who not only fill this first survey out, but also fill out a subsequent survey which will come later.
Consider supporting research in climbing. You can read more about what other climbing research says on the relationship of the climber mind and the climber body here.