Professional athletes have superior perception

Professional athletes have superior perception

Soccer, rugby, hockey players better ignore distractions to follow motion with their eyes

By Laura Sanders, 11:01 AM January 31, 2013

Humongous hamstrings, bulging biceps and dangerous delts are obvious attributes of professional athletes. But the brain might be the most important asset on the field, a new study suggests.

Pro athletes are better at interpreting abstract moving scenes than are average people, reports Jocelyn Faubert of the University of Montreal. In his study, 102 professional soccer, rugby and hockey players completed a difficult perception task. To perform well, participants had to distribute their att...

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