NCBI ROFL: How baseball outfielders determine where to run to catch fly balls.

By ncbi rofl | September 9, 2010 7:00 pm

fly ball“Current theory proposes that baseball outfielders catch fly balls by selecting a running path to achieve optical acceleration cancellation of the ball. Yet people appear to lack the ability to discriminate accelerations accurately. This study supports the idea that outfielders convert the temporal problem to a spatial one by selecting a running path that maintains a linear optical trajectory (LOT) for the ball. The LOT model is a strategy of maintaining “control” over the relative direction of optical ball movement in a manner that is similar to simple predator tracking behavior.”

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Photo: flickr/SD Dirk

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  • http://Untitledvanityproject.blogspot.com Rhacodactylus

    I love that my brain can do the math, it just can’t show it’s work.

  • AG

    Why is this a ROFL? Seems like a good legitimate study of an interesting issue in perception and actions.

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