Perception Of Ball Size In Baseball

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Based on baseball players’ accounts of bigger and smaller ball size perception when at bat, a 2005 study by Witt and Proffitt attempted to shed light on this phenomenon. Their experiment tested whether higher, or lower, batting performance influenced the perception of ball size. The study was conducted at a softball field with 47 consenting individuals, 37 being males and 10 females. First they were asked to select one of eight black circles, representing softballs, ranging from diameters of 9 cm to 11.8 cm. After their selection, they answered a quick questionnaire asking for the number at times at bat, batting average, age, sex, and team losses and wins. The results showed that players who had a better batting average perceived the ball to
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