Gender differences in intercepting a moving target by using a throw or button press

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Title translated into German:Geschlechtsunterschiede beim Auffangen einer sich bewegenden Scheibe durch Werfen oder per Knopfdruck
Author:Peters, Michael
Published in:Journal of motor behavior
Published:29 (1997), 4 , S. 290-296, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
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Identification number:PU199807302964

Author's abstract

Humans are a throwing species just as much as a talking species (Calvin, 1982), but preadaptations for throwing remain largely unexplored. The ability of undergraduate students (N=165) to intercept a stimulus with a thrown object was determined for 10 stimulus speeds, ranging from 2 to 5 m/s. The inclusion of a condition in which the moving stimulus was intercepted via button press allowed the role of the perceptual aspect of velocity estimation to be evaluated separately from the act of throwing. Gender differences were observed in both the button and the throwing intercept tasks: The men had smaller timing errors and higher ac-curacy than the women. Contrary to expectations, the male and female patterns of intercept errors as a function of stimulus speed were more similar in the throwing task than in the button intercept task. Verf.-Referat