receptor anticipation

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A situation in which an individual anticipates the arrival of an event by watching or listening to relevant parts of the environment; the individual learns to associate critical events with the appropriate environmental stimuli. Receptor anticipation is very common and provides the basis for many motor tasks, enabling individuals to respond to signals at appropriate times. In cricket, for example, a fielder anticipates the arrival time of the ball and makes preparatory movements to catch it by listening to how the ball was struck and watching its progress.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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