The brain behind the game

Top athletes watch and learn from their teams, coaches and opponents

By Stephen Ornes, 13:36 PM January 18, 2012


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With March Madness right around the corner, basketball-watching season is in full swing. People who play or watch the sport know that the right shot can make or break a game. A swoosh through the hoops may bring the thrill of victory; a backboard bounce may give a team another chance.


Devoted fans aren’t the only ones watching pro basketball players and other athletes. Though top jocks may be well known for using their bodies, scientists have found that athletes’ brains also work hard whil...

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