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The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

Eric Simons

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ISBN 13: 9781590208649
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
hardcover
Overlook
04/04/2013

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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.

"Eric Simons is the perfect play-by-play announcer for this event, for the simple reason that, as an avid fan himself, he has skin in the game—as well as genes and nerves and dopamine receptors. Simons has a gift for explaining the serious science of sport without losing the edge-of-your-seat thrill and raging despair of the game. Red Barber, eat your pericardium out." —Russ Rymer, author of Paris Twilight

Praise for Darwin Slept Here:

"Bracingly fresh . . . nothing less than exhilarating." --Michael Pollan

"Hard to put down . . . Keeps the reader wanting more." --San Francisco Chronicle


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.

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