What salamanders can teach us about baseball

Loading video…VIDEO: Video showing the researchers’ trajectory duplicating the salamander’s prediction of the location of the fly at the point of impact with the tongue. In this video, the salamander successfully predicts… view more LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If a baseball player waits until he sees the ball arrive in front of him to swing his bat, he will miss miserably. By the time the batter sees the ball’s position, plans his swing and moves the bat, the ball will be firmly in the catcher’s mitt. This time lag is known as sensorimotor delay. University of Louisville researcher Bart Borghuis, Ph.D., has increased our understanding of how people and animals deal with this delay in day-to-day interactions by analyzing the hunting skills of salamanders. His article, ‘The Role of Motion Extrapolation in…


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