Comments on: Keep your eye on the ball http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Tony http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332378 Sun, 21 Oct 2007 13:53:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332378 I didn’t realize canines had a strike zone, let alone played baseball.

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By: John http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332370 Sun, 21 Oct 2007 00:16:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332370 An obvious related question is whether there was a difference in where people looked on women as well.

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By: Lou http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332362 Sat, 20 Oct 2007 04:57:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332362 There were several fascinating studies showing that during a slide show of various images (including nude men), the more homophobic a man was – the more his penis became erect in response to the nude male images. Could be a connection there.

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By: Lou http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332361 Sat, 20 Oct 2007 04:54:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332361 mkevinf: “… glancing at another guy’s crotch is no more homoerotic than slapping another guy’s ass … that is also the strike zone … crotch watch is due only to a natural reflex, not a sexual interest.”

LOL. Talking about a stretch of rationalizations. You guys are starting to sound almost as desperate as Larry Craig.

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By: Genevastar http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332355 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 20:20:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332355 I apologize being so vague as to dates and source material in the following…I simply don’t have the resources or know how on how to dig it up.
I recall some eye-tracking work which I read about in the late ’50s or the ’60s. The research was done I believe at either Purdue or Duke University and then reported, I think, in Scientific American.
The eye-tracking system described in the article was very primitive compared to what I read about today. As I recall the stated object of the research was to determine how “people” scanned or viewed various images.It was only after they began that it be came obvious that there were gender based differences.
There were a few photos in the article one of which was a draft horse standing in profile, it was a bucolic setting, farm-land background, etc. The differences in the male/female scans were marked. While both groups, for the most part, “hit” the same anatomic areas, the differences in the lengths of time each group spent/lingered on any particular area of the horse was remarkable.
I won’t attempt to describe the article…It’s been too long to me to recall adequately. I will say though that, based upon how the ladies scanned the horse, I would have expected the “man at bat” results to be the opposite of what is shown here.
Perhaps someone out there with the requisite skills/resources/interest will dig up the article I am referring to and see how the past and present work compare
Take care ….Genevastar

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By: tommy http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332354 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 19:36:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332354 I wonder if when shown pictures of women, did the women look more at the female chest area, or did the men?

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By: mkevinf http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332352 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 16:48:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332352 This is just a quasi-scientific affirmation of the male “shower room” reflex, the equivalent of other male animals checking out each other’s genitals. On some level, we (males) want to know all aspects of our competitors, including the most visible sign of maleness. While wrongly associated with “manhood” (a cultural term, I’d say), the size and shape of genitalia are a natural curiosity for males. For the gay/bisexual(?) male, there may be an additional reason for eyeing another guy’s crotch (notice “may”, not “is”), but in and of itself, glancing at another guy’s crotch is no more homoerotic than slapping another guy’s ass after a good play.
And, as Shap points out, with a baseball player that is also the strike zone, although I think that would better explain why, during an actual game, both genders would be heating up because of the action “down there”, as it were. In a still photo, I think the crotch watch is due only to a natural reflex, not a sexual interest.
As for women not looking “there” in a still photo…come on, we all know that women find our genitals less than comely. Plus, they’re thinking of progeny in terms of the head on the shoulders, rather than that below the waist.

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By: Steve http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332351 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 16:22:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332351 I find it interesting that either the researchers didn’t look further into the reason why men look both at the waist/crotch, and more generally at the seen.

As stated above on this photo this segment is the stike zone, in many sports or in tracking animals for hunting the waist is a better indictation of where the body will move. If you watch basketball players guarding an opponent the don’t look at the head.

I would separate the sample into which men understood baseball, played sports, etc.

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By: Shap http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332349 Fri, 19 Oct 2007 15:50:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2007/10/18/keep-your-eye-on-the-ball/#comment-332349 That also happens to be the strike zone.

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