Athletes beat scholars on brain test

4 years ago

A professor at the University of Montreal's School of Optometry found that prof and elite amateur athletes have better developed perception than the average college student.

In the study, participants had to describe a series of simulated objects moving through three dimensions.

The pro athletes processed the scenes fastest, then the amateur athletes, then the non-athlete college students.

The skills needed to correctly interpret the moving scenes are skills similar to those needed for driving, crossing the street or (no surprise) playing a sport.

But as the professor points out, it's unclear which came first, the chicken or the egg; "However, it is unclear whether this superior learning ability is unique to professional athletes, and moreover whether these are innate skills that led them to be selected by these teams, or whether these skills have been acquired through extensive training."

Maybe it's a bit of both.

Here's the study;

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