Posted by Adrian Galbreth
Eye tracking is one topic that is to be examined through a recently-launched education programme.
The Scientists in Sport scheme, created by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and King's College London, is designed to show young people that careers in science can be fun and interesting.
A survey conducted at the launch revealed that 80 per cent of young people enjoy science lessons but only two per cent aspire to follow a career centring on the subject.
Scientists in Sport is set to showcase how science can be used in major events, such as anti-doping drug tests at the Olympic Games.
Those involved in the programme will learn how eye tracker scanning could improve how footballers perform in penalty shoot-outs.
Seb Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said the Scientists in Sport programme is a great way of opening young people's eyes "to the huge array of scientific careers both on the track and in the lab".
Last year, researchers from the University of Munster used eye tracking technology to assess where drivers look when they are navigating bends in a road.
by Adrian Galbreth