An interesting story was recently published in The New York Times. It detailed how young athletes who are at the top of their games have special abilities to tune out background noises and focus instead on more important sounds.
These athletes have brains that do not get as noisy as most other people’s do, researchers learned. They studied the ways that elite competitors process sounds. The hypothesis is that competing in sports might alter athletes’ brains and have a role in the way they sense and process events swirling around them.
As it turns out, “making sense of sound is actually one of the most complex jobs we ask of our brains,” according to the research facilitator who is the director of Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and a professor there in Evanston as well.
She added that the way people process sound reflects the general health of their brains. Our brains are constantly coordinating the familiarity and meaning of sounds to determine the appropriate response.
The researchers also sought information regarding whether blows to the head could blunt the processing of sounds by the brain. In other words, how might head and brain injuries during sports affect sound processing?
Although the research continues, baseline data has been obtained to further the results.
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