Do athletes really get “hot hands” when they’ve hit a few shots in a row?

Interesting research into whether making one basketball shot makes you any more likely to hit your next one. The first two links summarize the fallacy and the third one questions it. Interesting way of using math to help us know and understand something too large to keep track of or understand simply by our memory.

How does math help us understand the world around us? How do we reconcile mathematical knowledge that contradicts our intuitive knowledge?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-markman-phd/having-a-hot-hand-increas_b_3721296.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot-hand_fallacy

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304071004579409071015745370

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