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Uncertainty and performance

This is more of a “soft” science blog post, but interesting nontheless: On today’s Soundcheck, they’re exploring The Uncertain Artist on WNYC.

Even the most celebrated artists fall victim to self-doubt and insecurity. Today: how anxieties shaped the dazzling careers of Duke Ellington, Doris Day and others. Plus: jazz drummer Dan Weiss draws inspiration from Indian ragas, heavy metal and classical music.

While this episode is more geared towards the “even you can do it!” message, but I do think this is an interesting topic of social studies and psychology; what motivates us as humans to perform, and what are the benefits of second-guessing and self doubt, if any? This episode argues the benefits.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.