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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-logo

This is Your Brain on Sports - The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon

L. Jon Wertheim

This is Your Brain on Sports is the audiobook for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them. Sports Illustrated executive editor and bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim teams up with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers to take readers on a wild ride into the inner world of sports. Through the prism of behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, they reveal the hidden influences and surprising cues that inspire and derail us-on the field and in the stands-and by extension, in corporate board rooms, office settings, and our daily lives. In this irresistible narrative romp, Wertheim and Sommers usher us from professional football to the NBA to Grand Slam tennis, from the psychology of athletes self-handicapping their performance in the boxing ring or the World Series, to an explanation of why even the glimpse of a finish line can lift us beyond ordinary physical limits. They explore why Tom Brady and other starting NFL quarterbacks all seem to look like fashion models; why fans of teams like the Cubs, Mets, and any franchise from Cleveland love rooting for a loser; why the best players make the worst coaches; why hockey goons (and fans) would rather fight at home than on the road; and why the arena t-shirt cannon has something to teach us about human nature. This is Your Brain on Sports is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey into how psychology and behavioral science collide with the universe of wins-and-losses, coaching changes, underdogs, and rivalry games.

This is Your Brain on Sports is the audiobook for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them. Sports Illustrated executive editor and bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim teams up with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers to take readers on a wild ride into the inner world of sports. Through the prism of behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, they reveal the hidden influences and surprising cues that inspire and derail us-on the field and in the stands-and by extension, in corporate board rooms, office settings, and our daily lives. In this irresistible narrative romp, Wertheim and Sommers usher us from professional football to the NBA to Grand Slam tennis, from the psychology of athletes self-handicapping their performance in the boxing ring or the World Series, to an explanation of why even the glimpse of a finish line can lift us beyond ordinary physical limits. They explore why Tom Brady and other starting NFL quarterbacks all seem to look like fashion models; why fans of teams like the Cubs, Mets, and any franchise from Cleveland love rooting for a loser; why the best players make the worst coaches; why hockey goons (and fans) would rather fight at home than on the road; and why the arena t-shirt cannon has something to teach us about human nature. This is Your Brain on Sports is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey into how psychology and behavioral science collide with the universe of wins-and-losses, coaching changes, underdogs, and rivalry games.
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This is Your Brain on Sports is the audiobook for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them. Sports Illustrated executive editor and bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim teams up with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers to take readers on a wild ride into the inner world of sports. Through the prism of behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, they reveal the hidden influences and surprising cues that inspire and derail us-on the field and in the stands-and by extension, in corporate board rooms, office settings, and our daily lives. In this irresistible narrative romp, Wertheim and Sommers usher us from professional football to the NBA to Grand Slam tennis, from the psychology of athletes self-handicapping their performance in the boxing ring or the World Series, to an explanation of why even the glimpse of a finish line can lift us beyond ordinary physical limits. They explore why Tom Brady and other starting NFL quarterbacks all seem to look like fashion models; why fans of teams like the Cubs, Mets, and any franchise from Cleveland love rooting for a loser; why the best players make the worst coaches; why hockey goons (and fans) would rather fight at home than on the road; and why the arena t-shirt cannon has something to teach us about human nature. This is Your Brain on Sports is an entertaining and thought-provoking journey into how psychology and behavioral science collide with the universe of wins-and-losses, coaching changes, underdogs, and rivalry games.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sam Sommers, Keith Szarabajka

Length:

8h 49m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:22


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

09:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:30


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:43


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:46


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:36