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How Your Brain Maps Sports

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Playing different sports is rather redundant.  Think about the motor skills and objects of, say, hockey versus soccer.  Players on two teams try to keep control of the puck/ball and put it past the opposing keeper into the goal.  Tennis, badminton and volleyball share the concept of hitting an object over a net at an opponent.  Football and rugby both need to advance a ball across a goal line.  There are similar objects such as a ball, a goal and the field of play and movements like jumping and running.  An athlete’s brain needs to learn these shared concepts early on to be able to navigate the tactics and motor skills …

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March Madness Fans Have Selective Memories

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Depending on who you talk to, there are different definitions of something called, “The Shot” in the history of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  To North Carolina fans, its Michael Jordan’s game winning jumper in the 1982 final, while to Hoosier fans, its Keith Smart’s 16-foot swish with under 10 seconds to go in 1988. But Christian Laettner’s last second turnaround game winner in the 1991 regional final over Kentucky is forever etched into the memories of Duke fans. Do those same rabid supporters remember the crucial missed shots from their heroes over the years?  Neuroscience researchers at Duke University wanted to find out so they tested the memories of some …

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The Synapse – Video Games, Building Blocks and Your Brain’s Dark Energy

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To get your budding superstar ready for his sports future, should they play with high tech video games or good old building blocks?  Well, according to two new studies, that depends on if you’re training their creativity or their spatial awareness.  Also, in our weekly round-up of brain science news, we find out about our brain’s “default-mode network” which manages our brain’s neurons when trying to focus on an object. For most sports, athletes require the ability to quickly make sense of their surroundings, then to be creative in their reaction to this ever changing environment.  Developing these dual skills often starts in the early years with non-sport activities. Nora Newcombe, …

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The anticipatory skills of athletes

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In the past, we’ve talked about the difficulty in determining exactly what cognitive skills sets elite athletes apart from their competition. Simple laboratory tests of reaction time or visual skills don’t do a very good job. Given the complexity of the decisions and movements that athletes make during competition, it’s not surprising that it turns out we have to dig a little deeper, and make things more sport-specific before we can start teasing those differences out. Research on elite athletes’ anticipation skills suggests that it may not be the simple, reactive skills that set athletes apart. Research out of Brunel University and the University of Hong Kong have shown that when …

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