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Anatomy of stage fright

Scientists now understand why performing in public turns many of us into wrecks

By Sara Solovitch   July 2015

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For most of my adult life, virtually no one knew I played the piano. And that was how I wanted it. Playing the piano had once defined me, but so, too, had my stage fright. I played well when there was nothing at stake but put me in front of an audience and my hands would ice over while sweat soaked my palms and fingers. When I quit aged 19, my parents protested that I was giving up the best part of myself. You’ll go…

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