Eric Simons The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

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The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

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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, also published by Overlook. He is a contributor to NPR’s Radiolab and lives in San Francisco.

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"Simons is open and patient to intelligent theories but skeptical and willing to trust in his own experiences. He is also a bit of a tempered hepcat ... informal amid all the lab work and theory building, yet diligently fashioning a window through which to witness the arch of human emotions and, surprisingly, the degree of choice and control we possess over those emotions.
An intriguing ride through "all the wondrous quirks and oddities in human nature."" -Kirkus Reviews

"Weaving interviews with researchers with his own experiences in stadiums and barrooms, the author succeeds in making some pretty dense subject matter accessible. ... The work stands as a convincing argument that, for many people, their relationship with their chosen team is the most complicated and rewarding one in their lives." -Maclean's

"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
 
"[Simons] provides a fascinating glimpse into why sports culture is what it is. Sports fans will find this a powerful tool for self-examination." --Booklist

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