Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Agitation is not information

Wired Magazine has a small piece on the "almost supernatural" ability some athletes have to "see things that nobody else sees" on the field to make decisions. Scientists are analyzing the phenomenon; and one factor they identified is what they do not focus on:
clipped from www.wired.com

Farrow has found that players who make poor decisions tend to glance at targets, rather than pausing on them. They're also more drawn to motion. "In a lot of team sports, you're attracted to the area of greatest movement," Farrow says. "But just be-cause there's a person running fast and waving his arms doesn't mean he's the best person to kick to."

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