Thursday, September 14, 2006

Baseball players used in driver safety study

Attention is key to playing baseball well or driving a car ...

"When thinking about safe driving, batting cages probably do not come to mind.

However, both baseball player and motorist have been under the microscope at ASU's Polytechnic campus.

With the aid of batting and driving simulations, associate professor Robert Gray is studying visual perception, cognitive and motor-response occurrences and how to improve driver safety.

The study showed that amateur baseball players picked up their performance when they had to pay attention to their movements, whereas the expert players suffered when asked to perform under the same circumstances.

"They interfere with the automatic processes," Gray said.

This is one possible explanation as to why players choke in high-pressure situations."   (Continued via ASU Web Devil)   [Ergonomics Resources]

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