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The Reason Why You Suck at Blocking on the Five Bar
Found this article from EZboard...

'The brains mirror neureon system' or,
'the reason why you suck at blocking on the five bar'

Have you ever asked yourself why you suck at blocking on the five bar? I mean,
really suck? Why you go wall everytime your opponent goes lane and vice versa,
also you sweared to yourself next time you wouldn't move? I often caught
myself thinking that I'd block a hundred times better when I'd close my eyes.
Well as it turns out, I probably should have done so.. .

Researchers at the Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences Research
Department, University College London might have stumbled across the secret
why fellow foosers all over the world think of their five-bar block as their most
useless tool in the box. As the authors of the article found out, players of rock-
paper-scissors tend to immitate each others movements (Cook et. al 2011),
thereby leading to a higher number of draws as you would statistically expect by
pure chance. Responsible for this are the so called mirror neurons in our brain.
And weather we like it or not, they make us immitate movements of other
human beings. But where does that have anything to do with foosball. Well, just
imagine your opponent going lane with his man on the five-bar rod to fake you
off the wall. In that moment, your mirror neurons will ensure that you'll follow
him like a lemming jumping over a cliff, opening the hole where the ball comes
rolling through just split-seconds later. Those evil neuron basterds.
What are they good for anyway? Scientists believe that immitating other people
is especially important for infants to learn movements, but also for every-day
social life. What has remained unclear is whether this so called "automatic
imitation" can be consciously overridden when its effects are detrimental. And
detrimental they are.. . But there is hope for as after all: The authors of the article
tend to think that it might be possible to overrule your uncounscies urge to
immitate and therefore free yourself of acting stupid on every single blocking

But for all the foosers who are unable to do so and fall for the same old fake
over and over again, the new study offers help: Statistically expected results in a
rock-paper -scissors game, meaning each player wins, loses or draws with a
percentage of 33.3 %, can be achieved by blindfolding both players. So if you
find yourself in the middle of a game blocking nothing: Close your friggin eyes!

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