Measuring Cognitive Function, Reaction Time, and Processing Speed of Student-Athletes Individual versus Team Sports
- Student Recipient: Elinor Barsh, Neuroscience / Psychology
- Faculty Mentor: Theresa Hernandez
- Grant Information: 2017 Summer, Individual Grant
- Project Description: The proposed project will examine reaction time and processing speed in student-athletes using a neuropsychological assessment, ANAM4. Engaging in team sports involves being constantly aware of where team/non-team members are in space, while individual sports rely on knowing where the individual, his/her-self is in space. I hypothesize that student-athletes engaging in team sports (football, basketball, volleyball) will show faster reaction times and processing speed than those involved in individual sports (golf, track, skiing). This project falls within a larger study taking place in the lab/research team, which is identifying the main indicators of student-athlete health and well-being.