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Athletes have higher cognitive function than college students

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: athletes, cognitive function, college students

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(NaturalNews) Professional and elite amateur athletes score higher on certain tests of cognitive function than university students, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal and supported by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

"Professional athletes as a group have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning unpredictable, complex dynamic visual scenes," study author Jocelyn Faubert said. "The pros are much superior than scholars in our highly complex mental task.

"In other words, they are smarter [at] learning how to interpret the real world in action."

The performance of 33 non-athlete university students on a cognitive test was compared with that of 102 professional soccer, hockey and rugby players from the English Premier League, the NHL and France's Top 14, plus 173 elite amateur athletes from the NCAA American university sports program and a European Olympic training center. Participants performed a test known as 3D-MOT, in which they viewed a simulation of several objects moving through a three-dimensional space, then were asked to describe what they had seen. The movements of the simulated objects were randomly generated by a computer in order to prevent there from being any similarity with a real-world sport that could give the athletes unfair advantage.

The test was designed to evaluate participants' visual perception and cognitive abilities in relation to complex scenes. Skills involved in such a task include the ability to distribute the tension between numerous moving targets and distracting items, to view a large field of vision, to perceive depth, and to follow rapidly moving objects. Each participant completed the test 15 times.

Although all participants improve at the task over the course of the 15 tests, the professional athletes were significantly better at tracking fast-moving objects than members of the other two groups. Likewise, the performance of amateur athletes exceeded that of non-athlete students.

"They appear to be able to hyper-focus for short periods of time resulting in extraordinary learning functions," Faubert said.

Investigating athletes' mental abilities

Athletes' excellent visual processing ability may be related to the observation that the cortex of athletes' brains is actually thicker in some areas than that of the average person.

"This [study] demonstrates that a distinguishing factor explaining the capacities of professional athletes is their ability to learn how to process complex dynamic visual scenes," the researchers wrote. "This gives us an insight as to what is so special about the elite athletes' mental abilities, which allows them to express great prowess in action."

Noting that the cognitive skills used in the tests are the same skills required for everyday activities such as driving or crossing the street, the researchers speculated that understanding how the skills develop might eventually aid in the treatment of people with attention problems.

As of now, it remains unclear how much of athletes' exceptional visual processing ability is innate and how much of it is learned.

"It will therefore be interesting to see how individuals of all athletic abilities improve their perception score as they train with this system," Faubert said.

Sources:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uom-jbb012913.php

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