The Science of the Racer's Brain

The Science of the Racer's Brain

by Otto Lappi, Alan Dove
The Science of the Racer's Brain

The Science of the Racer's Brain

by Otto Lappi, Alan Dove


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This book takes what is known about expert cognition and brain function and asks: can we use this information to understand motor racing in a new way?

Assuming no prior knowledge of driving techniques or of neuroscience, the authors break down for you the cognitive processes of the elite racing driver. Layer by layer the skills and expertise, and the sophisticated brain mechanisms behind them, are revealed in a fresh and unique way.

​​​​​​​Written by a cognitive scientist and a race driver performance analyst, fully referenced, and illustrated with 32 figures, this title blends the wonder of science with the passion and excitement of motorsport!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789529458547
Publisher: Otto Lappi
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Otto Lappi (PhD) is an Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland at the University of Helsinki. He leads a lab with a 50-year track record of experimental work in naturalistic and laboratory conditions as well as driving simulators. He is interested in all aspects of the cognitive basis of everyday and expert performance, but driving performance most especially. He lives in the south of Finland in a little white house.

Alan Dove is a Race Driver Performance analyst from the UK with experience of coaching drivers across multiple racing disciplines. Having raced karts since the age of 8, he has had a lifetime of observing the development of the best drivers in the world. He lives in Northamptonshire, UK.
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