Problem solving, perceptual skills, and peripheral vision

As I watched the video above, I had two immediate thoughts:

  • Stanford is not nearly as hard as advertised if a student has enough free time to master juggling and solving a Rubic’s cube at the same time.
  • If he played sports (and he may or may have in his childhood), would he be able to transfer his ability to problem solve, read patterns, and juggle, along with his peripheral vision, into being a creative force on the hardwood or soccer field?

We often compare the perceptual skills of a chess grandmaster to those of a midfielder or point guard because of the pattern recognition skills and thinking a few moves ahead faster and more accurately than anyone else. Would this ability to solve a puzzle while engaged in a complex motor task (juggling and moving the squares quickly) transfer to a time-stressed environment like basketball or soccer?

Regardless, it is pretty incredible.

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