Distraction and Athletic Performance…

In a recent study, at the Academy of Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory in Northwestern University, research is being conducted to determine whether professional athletes may be able to edit sounds better than the average person. It suggests that sports may change the activity of brain waves. Researchers feel that the sense of sound is one of the most complex tasks the brain is asked to perform. It calls upon the brain to decipher which sound or noise is necessary to respond to. By connecting electrodes to a person’s scalp, they were able to see which type of person processes sound quicker. What they found was that athletes were able to pinpoint sounds and filter out surrounding noise much faster than most of us. Their brains seemed to be much quieter.  The intense concentration of an athlete can train the brain to understand sound at an intricate level. The study was not able to truly determine whether being an athlete increased the perception of sound or whether the ability was innate in professional athletes.

 

https://www.scifeye.org/reviews/heightened-connection-between-physical-and-mental-activity-to-the-perception-of-sound-in-athletes-discussed-by-the-new-york-times#:~:text=In%20Summary%3A%20A%20recent%20study,is%20digestible%20to%20any%20audience.