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Sport Sciences - Life Sciences
04.07.2017
Who'll win at Wimbledon? Just listen to the pitch of the grunts
Who’ll win at Wimbledon? Just listen to the pitch of the grunts
Who‘ll win at Wimbledon' Just listen to the pitch of the grunts Never mind counting aces and killer shots. If you want to predict the outcome of a tennis match, pay attention to the players' grunts. As Wimbledon prepares for another year of the on-court cacophony from the likes of Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka, a new study has revealed that grunts produced by players during tennis matches they lost were higher in voice pitch than during the matches they won.
Life Sciences - Sport Sciences
04.07.2017
Scientists to embark on groundbreaking concussion study
Scientists to embark on groundbreaking concussion study
A groundbreaking study into concussion has been launched by scientists at The University of Queensland - and you could possibly play a part. The first of its kind, the study at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) aims to recruit healthy athletes for brain scans, with follow-up at regular intervals if they experience concussion.
Sport Sciences - Life Sciences
02.07.2017
‘Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment
‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment
A ‘brain training' game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published today in The International . There's increasing evidence that brain training can be beneficial for boosting cognition and brain health, but it needs to be based on sound research Barbara Sahakian Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) has been described as the transitional stage between ‘healthy ageing' and dementia.
Life Sciences - Sport Sciences
21.06.2017
Neuroscientist offers game plan to better understand sports concussions
Neuroscientist offers game plan to better understand sports concussions
Hospital emergency rooms treat more than 170,000 children each year for sports-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What do parents and coaches need to know about sports concussions in order to protect their kids and players' A commentary by Dr. Christopher Giza , director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program , about sports, concussions and neuroscience appears in the June 21 online edition of Neuron.
Psychology - Sport Sciences
01.06.2017
Stanford psychologists examine how culture can guide giving
New research by Stanford psychologists analyzes cultural effects on giving. They find that people are willing to offer more money to others who display similar emotional expressions and that those expressions are even more powerful factors than race or sex. How can culture influence giving? Some scholars have argued that people are more likely to share with others who are similar in terms of race or sex, but the evidence for this is mixed.
Sport Sciences - Psychology
24.05.2017
Building Mental Toughness Off the Field
A new study reveals that mindfulness training, but not relaxation training, benefits college athletes' attention. Practice engagement and program adherence are key. It's no secret that performance excellence in sports requires dedicated practice and physical training. Much less is known about mental training to deal with the psychological pressures of competitive athletics, the mental game .
Sport Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.05.2017
Targeted exercise programme can dramatically cut injuries in youth rugby
Targeted exercise programme can dramatically cut injuries in youth rugby
Getting young rugby players to complete new balance, strength and movement exercises before matches and in training can reduce injuries by over 70%, according to a benchmark study released today (Thursday 18 May 2017). Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , the findings of the School Injury Prevention Study - which was led by the University's Department for Health and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) from 2013-16 - show the dramatic effect of a newly-devised exercise programme in reducing overall injuries for youth rugby.
Sport Sciences - Social Sciences
17.05.2017
Building a better ‘bot': artificial intelligence helps human groups
Building a better ‘bot’: artificial intelligence helps human groups
Artificial intelligence doesn't have to be super-sophisticated to make a difference in people's lives, according to a new Yale University study. Even ‘dumb AI' can help human groups. In a series of experiments using teams of human players and robotic AI players, the inclusion of ‘bots' boosted the performance of human groups and the individual players, researchers found.
Sport Sciences - Life Sciences
28.04.2017
Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory
Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes.
Sport Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
27.04.2017
Testosterone Makes Men Less Likely to Question Their Impulses
Testosterone Makes Men Less Likely to Question Their Impulses
Hotheaded, impulsive men who shoot first and ask questions later are a staple of Westerns and 1970s cop films, but new research shows there might be truth to the trope. A study conducted by researchers from Caltech, the Wharton School, Western University, and ZRT Laboratory tested the hypothesis that higher levels of testosterone increase the tendency in men to rely on their intuitive judgments and reduce cognitive reflection'a decision-making process by which a person stops to consider whether their gut reaction to something makes sense.
Sport Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
26.04.2017
Overhand or underhand? Fast or slow? Study explores optimal throwing strategies
Overhand or underhand? Fast or slow? Study explores optimal throwing strategies
Whether you're pitching in a major league baseball game or tossing crumpled paper into the trash, the act of throwing is incredibly complex and usually subject to a trade-off between speed and accuracy. A Yale researcher's new study looks at why this is. Throwing fast and accurately is a uniquely human ability (monkeys also throw things, but they're really bad at it, say scientists).
Medicine/Pharmacology - Sport Sciences
26.04.2017
Women with aortic aneurysms fare much worse than men, new study finds
Women with aortic aneurysms fare much worse than men, new study finds
Mortality rates for women undergoing surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms are nearly twice those for men, a new study has found. The findings, published in The Lancet, show women fare worse than men at every stage of treatment, leading to the study's authors to call for urgent improvement in how the condition is managed in women.
Sport Sciences - Administration/Government
24.04.2017
When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions
When artificial intelligence evaluates chess champions
The ELO system, which most chess federations use today, ranks players by the results of their games. Although simple and efficient, it overlooks relevant criteria such as the quality of the moves players actually make. To overcome these limitations, Jean-Marc Alliot of the Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse (IRIT - CNRS/INP Toulouse/Université Toulouse Paul Sabatier/Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès/Université Toulouse Capitole) demonstrates a new system, published on 24 april 2017 in the International Computer Games Association Journal.
Life Sciences - Sport Sciences
24.04.2017
Scientific discovery game significantly speeds up neuroscience research process
Scientific discovery game significantly speeds up neuroscience research process
A new scientific discovery game is allowing video gamers to significantly speed up reconstructing the intricate architecture of brain cells, a fundamental task in 21 st century brain science. Mozak , a new game developed by the University of Washington Center for Game Science in partnership with the Allen Institute for Brain Science , enables citizen scientists to produce complete, three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons from different regions of the brain in animals and people.
Sport Sciences - Business/Economics
10.04.2017
Collaborating AI learns to play StarCraft
Collaborating AI learns to play StarCraft
Multiple artificial intelligence (AI) agents have learned to work together to play StarCraft, a science fiction combat video game, by using two-way communication according to a team from UCL and Alibaba Group. Previously, single AI agents learned to play Go and card games, beating the most accomplished human players, but in this study, multiple AI agents have learned to collaborate to defeat multiple enemies in a real-time strategy game.
Sport Sciences
07.04.2017
Prince Harry visits RFU Injured Players Foundation at University
Prince Harry visits RFU Injured Players Foundation at University
His Royal Highness Prince Harry today visited the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation (IPF) at the University to discover how the IPF-funded research can help improve player welfare and reduce players' injury risk. Visiting in his capacity as IPF Patron, Prince Harry met researchers from the University who have led advances over the past decade in developing new injury prevention techniques and protocols for rugby union.
Life Sciences - Sport Sciences
03.04.2017
Area of the brain affected by autism detected
Area of the brain affected by autism detected
Brain researchers at ETH Zurich and other universities have shown for the first time that a region of the brain associated with empathy only activates very weakly in autistic people. This knowledge could help to develop new therapies for those affected by autism. Professor Nicole Wenderoth and her senior scientist Joshua Balsters, both researchers at ETH, have used functional MRI images (fMRI) from autistic adolescents to discover unusual activity in a particular region of the brain, the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).
Sport Sciences
03.04.2017
Study on Emergency Operations: Success Depends on Reliable Networks among Agencies
Press release issued jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and TU Kaiserslautern ‘ 067/2017 from Apr 03, 2017 Numerous slip-ups in connection with the investigation against the terrorist attacker Anis Amri are just one indication that cooperation between authorities is not always smooth. In spite of many findings by federal and state authorities in Germany, Amri was able to move around freely in the country.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Sport Sciences
24.03.2017
Tetris used to prevent post-traumatic stress symptoms
A single dose psychological intervention, which includes using the computer game Tetris, can prevent the unpleasant, intrusive memories that develop in some people after suffering a traumatic event.  Researchers have been able to demonstrate how the survivors of motor vehicle accidents have fewer such symptoms if they play Tetris in hospital within six hours of admission after also having been asked to recall their memory of the accident.
Sport Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.03.2017
Contact high: Some physical sports can lead to heroin use, prescription drug abuse among teens
ANN ARBOR'High school athletes who play high-contact sports like hockey are at greater risk for heroin use and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, a new University of Michigan study found. No previous studies have assessed the potential overlapping use of opioids and heroin among youth athletes, including those involved in different competitive sports, said Philip Veliz, research assistant professor at U-M's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
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