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How neuroscience is helping UC Riverside baseball

UC RIverside Highlander

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UC Riverside center fielder Devyn Bolasky during batting practice. Bolasky trained with Ultimeyes during the 2013 season.


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The UC Riverside Highlanders have been working with psychologist Aaron Seitz for two seasons now. Head coach Doug Smith says he doesn't understand the science, but he sees a difference in his players.


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Players practicing their bunt at the UC Highlander's field.


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A duffle bag hangs in the Highlander's dugout.

Doug Smith

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Head baseball coach Doug Smith says he's an old school guy but he believes newly developed brain-games may soon catch on in professional sports.

Aaron Seitz

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UC psychology professor Aaron Seitz says he's been developing the ideas behind Ultimeyes for around a decade. The game debuted in 2011.

Now that baseball season is getting underway, teams are restarting the use of statistics to figure out their optimum match-ups. KPCC's Sanden Totten says there's a different approach at UC Riverside, where the baseball team is turning to neuroscience.  

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