August 18, 2022


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Why Curveballs Are in the Eye of the Beholder

In baseball, a curveball can be pretty hard for a batter to hit. And it turns out the reason why might have more to do with the batter’s eyes than the pitcher’s arm!

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Vox “Watch: The optical illusion that makes it so hard to hit a curveball”
The Washington Post “The surprising science of why a curveball curves”
Illumin Magazine “Setting the Curve: The Magnus Effect and its Applications”
The New York Times “Baseball’s Sticky Situation”
Slate “How To Throw the Goopball”
Shapiro et al. 2010 “Transitions between Central and Peripheral Vision Create Spatial/Temporal Distortions: A Hypothesis Concerning the Perceived Break of the Curveball”
A. Terry Bahill “The Science of Baseball: Batting, Bats, Bat-Ball Collisions, and the Flight of the Ball”
WIRED “A Curveball’s Curve? It’s All in Your Head”
Kwon et al. 2015 “Unifying account of visual motion and position perception”


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