.013 Seconds ~ A Brain Test

Scientists recently discovered that the human brain can fully process an image that has been seen for just .013 seconds.

I don’t know how long .013 seconds is, except that it’s probably the fastest thing my brain can do. (My brain can take hours — hours — to decide what it wants for dinner. Thank you, Editor/Husband for bringing home carryout.)

In comparison, it takes .4 seconds for a 91 MPH fastball to go from pitcher to catcher (assuming it actually makes it to the catcher and doesn’t end up in the bleachers … but you get the point).

In the time it takes a young college pitcher to wing his fastball over the plate, my brain will process some 30 images.

Including this one from the University of Virginia during the Cavalier’s “Fall Ball” season last October.

Here’s your test.  Look at it for just .013 seconds. Then answer the question below. (No cheating, although it’s ok to click on it to enlarge it on your screen.)

scouts at the game

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In .013 seconds, your brain processed the image.

So, how many major league scouts with radar guns did your brain see?

The correct answer is …


(Or, seven if you counted that one in the lower right corner, which, I believe belongs to UVa and not a scout. But, if you counted it, good for you — I’m giving you credit.)

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This concludes your brain test.

These photos were taken on October 5, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia at UVa’s Davenport Field. The pitchers the scouts had come to watch and clock — Juniors Nathan Kirby and Brandon Waddell.

Both lefties. Everyone loves a lefty.


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 UVa Junior and Pre-Season All American Nathan Kirby.


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 UVa Junior and Pre-Season All American Brandon Waddell.

Just 14 days until the start of the NCAA baseball season.


2 thoughts on “.013 Seconds ~ A Brain Test

  1. My brain is too tired to make a comment. I even had to go back to see the UVa radar gun you had so nicely marked with a bright yellow arrow. I’m going to mark on my calendar when there are .013 days until the NCAA season begins.

    • “Count The Radar Guns” could be a new Lumosity game! It was sort of fun to watch. There were some other radar guns that I couldn’t squeeze into the photo. The scouts sit with them on their laps and raise them up and aim them as the pitcher gets ready. It was like watching people playing an odd video game. They did this for about 3 innings and then they all left at the same time … although they all seemed to keep to themselves and didn’t talk to any of the other scouts.

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