Commentary: Life is unfair, and so are racing sports: some athletes can randomly benefit from alerting effects due to inconsistent starting procedures

Edwin S. Dalmaijer*, Beorn G. Nijenhuis, Stefan Van der Stigchel

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Original languageEnglish
Article number119
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2016

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We would like to thank all sports enthusiasts and professionals that provided comments on Dalmaijer et al. (2015), in particular Prof. Lex Borghans for his re-analysis of our data, and Dr. Fokko van de Bult for providing the 100-m times analyzed here. ED was supported through European Union FP7 Marie Curie ITN Grant No. 606901 (INDIREA). SV was supported by a VIDI grant 452-13-008 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.


  • alerting
  • foreperiod
  • racing
  • sports
  • temporal expectancy

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