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Illusion of control: Why sports fans prefer 'lucky' products

Illusion of control: Why sports fans prefer 'lucky' products | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Consumers engage in superstitious behavior when they want to achieve something but don’t have the power to make it happen, according to a new study.
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Lucky products? What does that mean?

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Visualize and Score… BIG! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Visualize and Score… BIG! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
I love optical illusions. They make me feel clever if I can figure them out and even when I have to peek at the answer, it’s ...
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The human Muller-Lyer illusion in goalkeeping

The human Muller-Lyer illusion in goalkeeping | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

We examined whether a goalkeeper can influence a penalty-taker's actions by assuming postures that mimic Muller-Lyer configurations. The results of two studies indicate that (i) goal-keeper posture affects the perception of the goalkeeper's height in a manner consistent with the Muller-Lyer illusion; n; (ii) this influences penalty-taking accuracy; and (iii) a posture which resemblesa wing-out Muller-Lyer configuration results in wider and lower throw.

(Note: this is a pdf so the link in the title won't work. Try here: http://www.perceptionweb.com/perception/editorials/p6010.pdf)

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Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero

Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In light of the dramatic falls of Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods and now Lance Armstrong, we need to either recalibrate our definition of the sports hero or scrap it altogether.
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Sam LaPaille's curator insight, November 4, 2014 10:30 PM

This is a very interesting article about how we view athletes as heros, and how unfortunately often they turn out to be someone we thought they weren't. This is obviously most prevalent with Tiger Woods, who arguably ruined his entire career because of his off-the-course indiscretions.  

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Health News - Get Me Out of this Slump! Visual Illusions Improve Sports Performance

With the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament set to begin, college basketball fans around the United States are in the throes of March Madness. Anyone who has seen a game knows that the fans are like extra players on the court, and this is especially true during critical free throws.

Fans of the opposing team will wave anything they can, from giant inflatable noodles to big heads, to make it difficult for players to focus on the basket.

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Great expectations tend to hit home

Great expectations tend to hit home | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The home ground advantage is a myth for many sportspeople, who can choke under the unbearable pressure, writes Tim Barlass.

 

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