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What’s In A Winning Streak? The Myths, Science And History of Success




Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot on Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 26, 2018 in Oakland, California.
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot on Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 26, 2018 in Oakland, California.
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Whether you’re an athlete, a gambler, or a regular shmo, you’ve experienced the feeling of being on a winning streak -- but was there anything to it besides the human brain’s affinity for making meaning out of coincidence?

That’s a question that scientists, statisticians and economists have tried to address for years. Now, Wall Street Journal sports reporter Ben Cohen takes a crack at the topic with his new book, “The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks.” We sit down with Cohen to hear about what he’s learned.

Guest:

Ben Cohen, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of “The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks” (Custom House, March 2020); he tweets @bzcohen