NCBI ROFL: Shocking exposé! Eye color and sports performance.

By ncbi rofl | April 5, 2010 8:33 pm

Ef3717016253_49c8f8c8e9fects of eye color on frisbee toss

“Light-eyed individuals generally perform better at self-paced activities while dark-eyed individuals perform better at reactive activities. Using multiple regression it was found that dark-eyed students hit a target with a frisbee more times than did light-eyed students.”


And from the same scientists:

Relationship of eye color to winning horseshoe pitching contests.

“Light-eyed individuals perform some self-paced activities better while dark-eyed individuals perform reactive activities better. In horseshoe pitching contests there were, however, no differences on winning or losing between 21 light- and 25 dark-eyed men at a county fair.”

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Photo: flickr/Sam Beebe/Ecotrust

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  • http://fb Stormy

    I want to know is if they did their testing on sunny or rainy days. Blue eyes are supposed to see better in the rain, and brown eyes in the sun–so maybe that has something to do with it.

  • shadegem

    what about people whose eyes change colors? I know some people who have eyes than can go from dark brown to light green to even blue.

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