We wanted to figure out a way to capture that during a marathon," said Gary Liguori, the head of the department of Health and Human Performance at UT-Chattanooga.
Liguori partnered with his colleague, Andrew Bailey, and a programmer, Alex Cruikshank, to develop a web application that would visualize the brain activity of a runner, live, during a race.
attributes the difference to lack of experience.
"One of the immediate thoughts we had is a novice runner gets way too excited before, during, and after the race," Liguori
Because the brain needs nutrients when it becomes more active, the higher level of excitement could actually reduce the amount of energy a runner has.
"If excitement is off the charts, it's not going to help him perform," Liguori
, Cruikshank, and Hungenberg all cautioned against drawing conclusions from this data alone.
"We built this more for entertainment purposes, to see if we could actually pull it off," Liguori