Standard indicators of fearfulness in the novel objects tests — for example, heart rate and alertness — were found to be unrelated to learning performance, whereas exploratory behaviour towards the novel objects correlated to performance in the two learning tasks.,The study team said the exploratory behaviour in the novel object tests likely reflects the animal’s intrinsic motivation and curiosity, suggesting that this trait is favourable for learning performance.,“Young horses’ intrinsic motivation to explore novel objects was positively associated to learning performance in both a positively and a negatively reinforced task,” they reported, “whereas traditional measures of fearfulness, such as alertness and heart rate responses, were unrelated to learning performance.”,The authors said their results are the first to suggest that novel object-directed curiosity could be central to cognitive performance in horses across different types of learning tasks; an association that has previously been demonstrated mainly in humans and primates.,They said their study provides the first evidence of a link between object-directed curiosity and learning performance in young horses in two very different learning tasks (visual discrimination and pressure-release).

There are three phases of development not only in our sports, but in all youth sports — the discovery phase where the athlete develops a curiosity and love for sport, easily learning skills when provided enough frequency and participation at this formative prepubescent age; the intrinsic motivation phase when the athlete develops a passion for sport that motivates them to do more of their own volition; and the aspirational stage when the athlete aspires to become the best they can be at their sport, working tirelessly regardless of skill level to attain their goals.,SSCV’s success is measured not by the results of our elite athletes, but by our ability to unlock the key for each and every athlete, regardless of age, skill level or snowsport, that will enable them to evolve through each phase to become the best they can be.,It is remarkable to see how much athletes can learn through the vehicle of a competitive snowsport, not only serving them well during their time at SSCV, but providing them the confidence and skills needed to be successful in their adult lives.,These past 10 months challenged the entire SSCV community in unprecedented ways — staff, athletes and parents alike — to work harder to navigate the times.,Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s objective is to provide the level of quality commensurate to the needs and goals of all its athletes so they can become the best they can be.

And so therefore, how do we approach that in a way that isn't a one, two, three formula, but a series of small experiments, little things that we try to make sense of our particular team and our particular context?,01:36 Shane Hastie: You say teams as complex environments, this is the Engineering Culture podcast, surely, we can treat people like we treat process and engineering and stuff, or maybe not.,04:12 Doug Maarschalk: Autonomy is really around choice, and people having the feeling, the need, it's this feeling that the things that I'm doing are of my own volition, I'm deciding to do these things.,So this one particular team might not have a great sense of purpose, and that's showing up as a bunch of people doing things differently, and they aren't on the same trajectory.,07:27 Doug Maarschalk: Another interesting thing around that, that I've learned is autonomy is the sense of having choice.

And so therefore, how do we approach that in a way that isn't a one, two, three formula, but a series of small experiments, little things that we try to make sense of our particular team and our particular context?,01:36 Shane Hastie: You say teams as complex environments, this is the Engineering Culture podcast, surely, we can treat people like we treat process and engineering and stuff, or maybe not.,04:12 Doug Maarschalk: Autonomy is really around choice, and people having the feeling, the need, it's this feeling that the things that I'm doing are of my own volition, I'm deciding to do these things.,So this one particular team might not have a great sense of purpose, and that's showing up as a bunch of people doing things differently, and they aren't on the same trajectory.,07:27 Doug Maarschalk: Another interesting thing around that, that I've learned is autonomy is the sense of having choice.

The production of the next generation of Matildas has become an increasing concern for Football Australia, whose recent Performance Gap study found a significant lack of depth below the current "Golden Generation" of national team players.,Generation next Sydney FC's Princess Ibini has already shown she's one to watch this W-League season.,(Supplied: Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC)One of the areas of focus in the report was the availability of competitive match minutes for younger players, finding that the number of W-League minutes played by Australia's youth internationals (Junior Matildas and Young Matildas) has fallen from 60 per cent to 22 per cent over the last decade.,LoadingTrevor Morgan, Football Australia's technical director, says national team staff will be watching this season particularly closely with the aim of encouraging W-League clubs to continue giving opportunities to young Australian players, including the possibility of young player quotas.,(Supplied: Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC)While they're hesitant to name names, both Dower and Morgan have been impressed with a number of W-League players who were called into the Women's National Team Talent ID Camp held in Canberra last year and who have translated those lessons and expectations into their current performances.

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After 16 seasons of covering MLB (13 with the Kansas City Royals and three with the St. Louis Cardinals), Joel Goldberg opens up and reflects on covering the game he loves and the people he has met along his journey of telling stories as a broadcast journalist.,This book does more though than just talk baseball though, as Joel tells stories about those in the world of business along with average everyday people who play a small role that has made a difference in the lives of others.,Scattered throughout the book are touching stories about “small ball” individuals from Kansas City who have overcome challenges.,The book tells emotional stories that include a relationship between former Royals pitcher Bruce Chen and a young Royals pitching prospect named Carlos Fortuna.,Toward the end of the book, Goldberg tells another story about the late Yordano Ventura and how he was one of the most energetic and most respected teammates during the Royals’ multiple trips to the World Series. read more

As perhaps the most anticipated season in NCAA history approaches, we’re featuring every team ranked in the Nike/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20.,While the COVID-19 pandemic cut short the 2020 NCAA men’s lacrosse season and left a lot of teams hungry, there may not be a team more ready to capture that unfinished business than the 2021 Lehigh men’s lacrosse team.,“For the past couple of years, our main goal has been to capture that Patriot League championship, and we’ve come up short twice,” fifth-year faceoff “The motivation comes mostly from that, especially since the prospect of this season could be the Patriot League only.,For the four fifth-years who decided to come back after the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all spring athletes after the 2020 season was canceled, they have a lot riding on this upcoming year — with only more chance to capture that title.,Due to the amount of positive COVID-19 cases on Lehigh’s campus in the fall, the team only had one official practice together and three weeks of skill sessions.

For Michelle Janse van Rensburg, currently managing director at Pretoria-based Nimacc Business Lounge, moving out of her corporate comfort zone in South Africa saw her taking on a rather unconventional stretch assignment in Mozambique for an asset management company that was handling agricultural projects across Africa, where she was tasked with implementing new financial and operational systems.,Although this particular mission was certainly out of the ordinary and, in fact, required trips to several African countries, Janse van Rensburg said that within accounting and finance, stretch assignments are becoming the norm.,According to van den Barselaar, every year as managing director brings new stretch assignments in terms of being able to deliver the required results in a very depressed South African economy.,Moving forward

While the actual definition of a stretch assignment is highly subjective and up for debate, Janse van Rensburg asserted that management accountants have to actively take on certain roles and challenging projects to keep themselves professionally relevant.,For van den Barselaar, there is no question as to the value of stretch assignments, and she urged finance professionals to always be ready for new challenges. read more

Throw up some 3’s in heaven, Alex.

The community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Alex Sherrill who passed Tuesday Jan. 12 from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident Friday afternoon in the 4300 block of Jefferies Boulevard.,The Sherrills’ story continued in late May as Alex’s mother, Susan Sherrill, was able to make both her and his dreams come true.,Susan Sherrill was determined to stand for Alex’s graduation.,Sadly, tragedy struck the Sherrill household in December when Alex’s father, Anthony, died suddenly, leaving the family heartbroken.,Without doubt, the Sherrill family has suffered much across the past several years with Susan’s accident, the death of Anthony and now the loss of Alex. A GoFundMe (All for Alex Sherrill) has been established to support the cost of Alex’s medical expenses while in ICU and to help cover the cost of his funeral. read more

MARION, Iowa (KCRG) - Linn-Mar Senior swimmer Tristan Bohn is a special needs student who has Autism, Tourettes Disorder and several other challenges.,You will see him in the pool every morning swimming lap after lap with his Linn-Mar teammates.,Linn-Mar swimming coach Tom Belin said Bohn is just like any other swimmer.,Tristan loves competing with his Linn-Mar teammates and has developed a special bond with fellow Senior David Rubin who has been good friends with Tristan since 6th grade and even drove him to practice everyday last year.,This is Tristan’s final year at Linn-Mar, but probably not his last in the pool.