The Secret Lives of Sports Fans by Eric Simons

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Sports fandom is either an aspect of a person's fundamental identity, or completely incomprehensible to those who aren't fans at all. What is happening in our brains and bodies when we feel strong emotion while watching a game? How do sports fans resemble political junkies, and why do we form such a strong attachment to a sports team? Journalist Eric Simons presents in-depth research in an accessible and brilliant way, sure to interest readers of Jonah Lehrer and Malcolm Gladwell.

Through reading the literature and attending neuroscience conferences, talking to fans, psychologists, and scientists, and working through his issues as part of a collaboration with the NPR science program RadioLab, Eric Simons hoped to find an answer that would explain why the attractive force of this relationship with treasured sports teams is so great that we can't leave it.
 

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ERIC SIMONS is the author of Darwin Slept Here (published by Overlook). He is a contributor to NPR's RadioLab, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and he teaches at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Published April 4, 2013 by Overlook Books. 318 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In this often heady blend of science, philosophy and sociology, Simons (Univ. of California Graduate School of Journalism; Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America, 2009) tries to get at the root of fandom, that sometimes appalling d...

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Simons (Darwin Slept Here), a fervent supporter of the Univ. of California’s football team and the San Jose Sharks, examines the passionate, sometimes intense, behavior of sports fans, whether it’s vo

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In this often heady blend of science, philosophy and sociology, Simons (Univ. of California Graduate School of Journalism; Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America, 2009) tries to get at the root of fandom, that sometimes appalling d...

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