Neuroscienctists are taking America’s past-time to a whole new level.
A small number of professional baseball teams are using neuroscience to evaluate their hitters’ response time and ability to detect pitches.
“Neuroscout” is a program that was created in a lab at Columbia University that tracks the brain and what helps a hitter decide whether or not to swing at a pitch.
With a simple computer program and a cap with electrodes, Neuroscout is able to monitor what happens in a hitter’s brain in the 400 milliseconds it takes to decide to swing.
Having a good eye is one thing, but being able to react to the pitch is another story.
“It’s not so much whether you have a good eye. Sure, you can maybe be able to tell balls and strikes. But the question is whether you can connect that visual processing on the neuro side with the motor commands; that’s executing the swing, or not executing the swing,” Jason Sherwin, co-founder of Neuroscout said.