A Linear Optical Trajectory Informs the Fielder Where to Run to the Side to Catch Fly Balls

Dennis M. Shaffer, Michael McBeath, Windy L. Roy, Scott M. Krauchunas

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Abstract

P. McLeod, N. Reed, and Z. Dienes (2002) argued that the linear optical trajectory (LOT) strategy incorrectly cues fielders to run forward for balls headed beyond them. The authors of this article explain that the downward optical curvature found for balls landing beyond the fielder's initial position occurs because the balls reorient the direction the fielder is facing during pursuit. Thus, when downward optical curvature begins, the ball is headed to land in front of where the fielder is facing and running. This investigation of open-loop failure conditions has led to new insights such as the reorientation of the fielder, and it supports the use of maintaining matching rates of vertical and lateral optical ball movement consistent with primacy of the LOT control mechanism even when interception is unachievable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1250
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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