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Hitting a Baseball Needs the Brain

Authors
  • Brooks, Dan1
  • 1 Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, RI
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 24, 2014
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2014.00020
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

We tend to think about sports and games as if they were physical activities that depend on strength and speed, and reading and math problems as if they were mental activities that depend on being brainy and smart. It is true that hitting a baseball requires a lot of strength and speed – you need to be able to lift and swing the bat (and if you are good, you can hit home runs!). But it is also a problem that depends heavily on the brain!

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