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Baseball’s Sight-Audition Farness Effect (Safe) When Umpiring Baserunners: Competing Visual and Auditory Cues

Abstract In baseball, the difference between a win and loss can come down to a single call, such as when an umpire judges force outs at first base by typically comparing competing auditory and visual inputs of the ball-mitt sound and the foot-on-base sight. Yet, because the speed of sound in air only travels about 1100 feet per second, fans observing from several hundred feet away will receive auditory cues that are delayed a significant portion of a second, and thus conceivably could systematically differ in judgments compared to the nearby umpire. The current research examines two questions. 1. How reliably and with what biases do observers judge the order of visual versus auditory events? 2. Do observers making such order judgments from far awa... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Krynen, Richard Chandler (Author) / McBeath, Michael (Advisor) / Homa, Donald (Committee member) / Gray, Robert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology / Psychology / baseball / judgment / multimodal / sensory integration / timing / umpiring
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 38 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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