Blink pattern of elite car race drivers
Professional drivers always blink at the same time over laps
How do formula car drivers process the stream of information from the external world during ultra-high-speed driving? In this study, we focused on spontaneous blinking and captured the dynamic changes in the psychological and cognitive states that top Japanese drivers exhibit when driving around a circuit. As the lap speed increased, the drivers blinked at particular locations on the track and these locations were common between the drivers. We revealed for the first time that racers adjust their psychological and cognitive states to control their cars in distinct areas on the track with increasing lap speed. In future, we aim to decode these states that even professionals themselves do not understand through the unconscious physiological phenomena. By clarifying the implicit information processing occurring in the brain that leads to superior performance, we pursue a society where people can easily improve their desired skills.
 R. Nishizono, N. Saijo, M. Kashino, “Synchronization of Spontaneous Eyeblink during Formula Car Driving”, in Proc. The 13th ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA), 2021.
Ryota Nishizono / Kashino Diverse Brain Research Laboratory