Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson announced that Cayman Berg-Morales and John Williams will serve as team captains for the 2017 season. Two additional captains will be selected during fall camp.
"Cayman and John are both strong leaders on our football team and are great fits to be captains for us," Olson said. "Both players embody what it means to be a student-athlete at Michigan Tech and have played a lot of football for us. Cayman is a physical player and will help anchor our defensive line this season after a strong 2016 campaign. John had a tremendous season in 2016 and will be a key component in our offense again this coming year."
Berg-Morales, who hails from Green Bay, recorded 45 total tackles and averaged 4.5 tackles per game on the defensive line in 2016. He was second on the team in total tackles for a loss with seven, resulting in a loss of 13 yards by opponents. Berg-Morales played in all 10 games in 2016 with 52 total tackles, two forced fumbles, 7.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 tackles for a loss coming into this season.
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Weight Expectations: Context and Distraction Skew What We Predict and Remember
Context can alter something as basic as our ability to estimate the weights of simple objects. As we learn to manipulate those objects, context can even tease out the interplay of two memory systems.
Context may not be everything, but it’s right up there with content when it comes to our memories. Kevin Trewartha, an assistant professor of both cognitive science and kinesiology at Michigan Tech, is the lead author on a recent study about linking actions and objects, published in Cognition (DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2017.02.014).
Trewartha gives an example from real life, showing what could happen when you heave up an empty suitcase that you think is full. He bends over, grasps an invisible handle, and staggers backward as his hand flies over his head.
“Next time you tried this, you probably wouldn’t pull so hard,” Trewartha says.
That forceful first yank is informed by our unconscious memory, which the brain builds from a lifetime of experiences that teach us that a big suitcase in the trunk of a car is going to be heavy. But what if there were a second suitcase? As you reach for it, a second system, the conscious memory, would kick in; your shoulder-straining experience with that first suitcase might lead you to ease the second one more tentatively out of the vehicle. Read the full story.