Your Brain on Sports: Author Eric Simons Talks About the Science of Obsessing Over Your Favorite Teams
Bay Area sports fan and journalist Eric Simons wasn't sure why he stayed so faithful to his favorite teams -- the Bears and the Sharks -- even though they were notorious chokers. Was his loyalty based on romantic love? Was it an addiction? And what was going on inside his mind and body during games that would get his pulse up and make him sweat, as though he were one of those athletes down on the field?
Simons' new book, The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession, explains the research about what's going on inside our minds and bodies when our favorite teams win, lose, and keep us on the edge of our seats. He interviewed leaders in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and endocrinology, along with some seriously devoted sports fans in his quest for an explanation.
As college basketball comes to a close and the baseball season gets underway, Simons covers some of the finer points with us. The conclusions? As with most relationships, it's complicated.More »