In the age of instant replay in sports, you’d think we’d have put the debate around questionable calls to bed once and for all.
But, according to a recent study by the University of Chicago, slow motion video may actually make it harder to make the right call.
Because in slow-motion, that “shove” looks purposeful
The study showed that slow-motion can skew our perception and that altering the speed of the action and taking it out of context causes it to look more intentional than it does in real-time.
According to the paper, “This is because slow motion gives the false impression that the actor had more time to think before acting.”
Which, in sports, might result in unwarranted fouls or flags, but in court…
“Bad reffing” can lead to a life sentence
In the study, organizers showed mock juries the same real surveillance footage of a murder, to study how changing the playback speed affected their decision-making.
The results showed that juries were almost four times as likely to vote unanimously for a first-degree murder verdict if they had seen the scene in slow motion, compared to juries who had seen the same video at regular speed.
Which is a little bigger of a deal than the refs missing that goaltending call in the Gonzaga – Northwestern game a few Saturdays ago.