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You're throwing a ball for a toddler to smack with a plastic bat. You toss it gently, slowly, to make it easier. He just can't hit it.
It's because you throw too slowly, a new study finds.
Kids' brains aren't wired for slow motion.
"When you throw something slowly to a child, you think you're doing them a favor by trying to be helpful," said Terri Lewis, professor of psychology at McMaster University. "Slow balls actually appear stationary to a child."
Add a little speed to the pitch, Lewis and her colleagues suggest, and the child is able to judge its speed more accurately.
"Our brain has very few neurons that deal specifically with slow motion and many neurons that deal with faster motion," Lewis said. "Even adults are worse at slow speeds than they are at faster speeds."
Kids' neurons are immature, making the task even more challenging for them.
Originally posted by Duzey
I must be wired completely wrong.
The slow pitches were the only ones I could hit!
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
The thing that I am wondering about is the relavence of the study. How much did this study cost the taxpayers? Sure, it's nice to know that little kids can't hit a slow pitch but what can we really do with this information? Does this mean that if we walk very slowly, it's easy to sneak up on little kids so we can yell "BOO!" and thus scare the bejeezus out of them? Thre are a few places that I think the money could have been better spent....say Cancer, AIDS, or some other research that could help people in a more direct manner.