Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Elite Athletes Are Cognitive Elites Too

Elite Athletes Are Cognitive Elites Too:
The term 'elites' gets a bad rap in modern culture, mostly because political pundits use it to mean 'me and people I like' - elitism - rather than understanding what elite means.


Yet in sports we still recognize that there are elites. Don't like Usain Bolt's politics?  Beat him in a race.


Some new research says that, as much as it might bother us, some elites are elite in many ways. Olympic medalists in volleyball, for example, perform better than the rest of us in how fast their brains take in and respond to new information, even if they are Republicans and social psychologists insist their brains are inferior.


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