Research Talk

Friday, June 2nd 13:00 - 13:40

What is special about excellent batters?

- The essence of fine skills in the light of implicit brain functions -
Makio Kashino, Sports Brain Science Project


In sports involving instantaneous interaction with targets (i.e., a ball) and/or other players, “implicit" brain functions, that is, information processing in the brain that the player himself/herself is not aware of, play a critical role. The Sports Brain Science Project, launched in January 2017, is aiming at elucidating the mechanisms of implicit brain functions underlying excellent performance of elite athletes, and developing effective training methods based on the findings, taking advantage of cutting-edge information and communication technologies (ICT). In this talk, I will introduce recent achievements of the project, focusing on batting in baseball.