How many skaters does it take to cross the street?…

25 Mar

It does not matter.

We’ll do it more successfully! And, NOT because we are graceful and agile.  And, NOT because we are so darn pretty.  😉  Nope.  We’ll survive more ‘crossings’ or quick-response stimuli, because our minds are more conditioned and adept. At least that’s what the latest research says…

Okay.  Now, I may have taken some licensing with the skater bit, but these findings are REALLY interesting to me!  (They are also kind of like ‘duh’ with hindsight but isn’t everything?!…)  Here’s the rundown a.k.a. the data bit:

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign set up a virtual test comparing reaction times of varsity college athletes and healthy college academics.  The test was a simulation in which a subject had to cross an intersection under different simulated conditions and avoid a simulated crash.  (I wonder what simulated death feels like.  Creepy!)  The varsity athletes had a significantly higher success rate within the simulation.

And now here’s the rub!!!!:  The athletes did not succeed because of their bodily abilities. Upon review, researchers agreed that the athletes did not have more successful crossings due to:  agility, grace, speed, physical prowess, or any physical quality that could be attributed to bodily conditioning.  The athletes had higher degrees of success because of their mental agility.  To quote the director of the study Art Kramer:  “They didn’t mover faster, …  But it looks like they thought faster.”

More twizzles anyone?

4 Responses to “How many skaters does it take to cross the street?…”

  1. Andrew Pelt March 26, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    interesting post. thanks.

    • Jamie April 7, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Cheers! Kudos to movement 🙂

  2. March 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I knew skaters were smart! I used to skate and I remember you from local competitions (and, of course, all the great stuff you did nationally/internationally) – I think maybe Old York Road? What a positive, happy blog! Keep it up =)

    • Jamie March 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback. And, what a sweet response! Have a nice day 🙂

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