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Tuesday
Sep202011

Hockey Players Penalized More Depending on Jersey Color?

Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Could the color of a hockey player's jersey make an athlete more likely to get called out for penalties? Researchers at the University of Florida says that's the case, if the jersey is dark.

After studying hockey statistics from the last 25 years, researchers found that when teams switched to colored jerseys at home they were penalized more than when they wore white.

The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, does not say whether players act more aggressively when they wear a dark uniform or whether referees judge them more harshly when they do.  The authors say it may be both. 

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