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This Is Your Brain on Sports

The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn From the T-Shirt Cannon

By L. Jon Wertheim & Sam Sommers
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This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn From the T-Shirt Cannon by L. Jon Wertheim & Sam Sommers

This Is Your Brain on Sports (2016) is a fascinating journey into the human brain and an examination of what exactly happens to it when we play sports. Far more than mere games people play, sports provide a great deal of insight into our psyche and what makes us tick, observations that ring true for players and fans alike.

  • Die-hard fans who take sports and their favorite teams very seriously
  • Students of psychology
  • Readers looking for a new perspective on the wide world of sports

L. Jon Wertheim is a senior writer and executive editor at Sports Illustrated, as well as a contributor to CNN, NPR and the Tennis Channel. He has written several best sellers on a variety of sports, including Strokes of Genius and Running the Table.

Sam Sommers is a social psychologist at Tufts University, and his work has focused on the way racial diversity can influence how people think and act. He is also the author of Situations Matter.

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