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Hot Hand

Data and Decisions

The same scene plays itself out repeatedly in my classroom. I begin by asking my Sport Management students whether they believe that players can "hot" and that the phenomenon of the "hot hand" is real. Most if not all of the hands go up at this point. Then we spend time working throughGilovich, Vallone, and Tversky'sseminal paper on the Hot Hand. The paper is just one of many that seeks to find evidence that the Hot Hand exists, and finds no support for the hypothesis. After working through the data and analysis in the paper I ask my students for a show of hands again on the belief in the existence in the Hot Hand.