Are Top Athletes Smarter?

Here’s a link to an interesting article from Discover magazine.  The article summarizes recent research from neuroscience that concludes elite athletes are not only physiologically different from the general population, but their brains also function differently.  According to the article, “Athletes may perform better than the rest of us because their brains can find better solutions than ours do.”  It’s an interesting idea, and completely consistent with findings from economics – a large body of economic literature concludes that people with greater mental ability earn more than those with less mental ability.

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