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This is Your Brain on Sports

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United States

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Panoply

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Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers analyze the the hidden side of games, athletes, fans, owners, officials and more with special guests and interviews.

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@SInow

Language:

English


Episodes

UFC's Luke Rockhold on the mental side of fighting

4/25/2016
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On this week’s episode, Jon Wertheim talks with middleweight fighter Luke Rockhold ahead of his middleweight championship rematch against Chris Weidman at UFC 199 on June 4. Calling in from Las Vegas, Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) talks about his preparation, mentally and physically, for his fight against Weidman, whom he beat for the UFC’s 185-pound belt at UFC 194 in December.

Duration: 00:26:43


Fandom and self-identification

4/11/2016
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This week’s episode features a conversation about how fans self-identify with Ed Hirt, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. Hirt has studied, among other things, how wins and losses affect fans’ perception of their own abilities and why the attachment to a sports team can create a more powerful group experience than almost any other movement or event.

Duration: 00:50:05


John Amaechi’s post-NBA career

3/28/2016
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Former NBA player John Amaechi discusses his life after basketball as an organizational consultant and performance coach, how his career might have gone differently with the lessons he’s taken from his post-NBA graduate studies in psychology and what impresses him most about the Warriors’ team chemistry.

Duration: 00:24:50


How teams use sleep science

3/4/2016
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Scott Kutcher, a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavior sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, joins the show this week to talk about the scientific world of sleep and what other teams can learn from the Yankees’ decision to start their spring training workouts later in the day than usual. How significant are the benefits of a good night’s sleep at the highest athletic level? Brain on Sports is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting,...

Duration: 00:25:03


University of St. Thomas basketball coach and psychology professor John Tauer

11/16/2015
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On this week’s episode, Sam Sommers talks with University of St. Thomas head men's basketball coach and psychology professor John Tauer. Tauer is also the author of Why Less Is More for WOSPs (Well-Intentioned, Overinvolved Sports Parents): How to Be the Best Sports Parent You Can Be and he discusses youth sports, parenting and motivation. -- This is your Brain on Sports is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code BRAIN at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored...

Duration: 00:28:28


Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne

11/9/2015
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On this week's episode, Jon Wertheim sits down with cricket titans Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne discuss retirement, bringing the sport of cricket to the U.S., what makes an athlete great, the mental side of sports and more. -- This is your Brain on Sports is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code BRAIN at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code BRAIN in the app to for a $20 rebate...

Duration: 00:28:20


The logic of long-suffering fans

11/2/2015
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Why do fans continue to root for perennial losers? On this week's episode, Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers discuss how fans of bad teams strike a balance between the rational and irrational, as well as what happens when a team's fortunes turn, leaving its fans to deal with newfound success.

Duration: 00:22:36


The NFL’s kicking crisis

10/19/2015
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Is there a crisis in the kicking profession? Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers take a closer look at the numbers from the opening weeks of NFL action and parse the comments of kickers past and present to examine the state of the kicking game and determine which early trends might be here to stay. -- This is Your Brain on Sports is brought to you by FanDuel. Enter promo code BRAIN at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app...

Duration: 00:24:55


Tony Gonzalez talks candidly on family dynamics

10/12/2015
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In this week's episode, Jon Wertheim talks with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez about family dynamics in sports through his own personal experiences and new documentary on Showtime, "Play it Forward." Gonzalez discusses the film and gives more intimate details about his relationship with his brother and the role of family dynamics in sports. Is there some sort of guilt felt after one sibling makes it to the NFL and the other doesn't? He talks about the emotional impact his successful...

Duration: 00:24:21


A statistical defense of the hot hand

10/5/2015
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On this week's episode, economists Adam Sanjurjo and Joshua Miller join the podcast to discuss their findings in the long-standing debate over the existence of the “hot hand” in sports, the phenomenon describing the groove basketball players and other athletes appear to enter from time to time that has sparked decades of discussion in the sports world and beyond.

Duration: 00:31:51


Abusive coaching in sports: Positive approach is more effective

9/28/2015
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In this week's episode, Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers discuss abusive coaching in sports and how demoralizing tactics affect athletes today. Several studies show that a positive approach is more beneficial and effective and Sommers explains how negativity can impact the brain and cause suboptimal performance. In fact, Sommers discusses how demoralizing coaching tactics can actually affect a player's peripheral vision.

Duration: 00:25:32


The Winner's Curse

9/21/2015
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Just because you have the first pick in your fantasy football draft—or in the NFL draft—doesn't mean you'll end up with the best player. And just because you sign the priciest free-agents available doesn't mean they'll star for your team. In this week's Brain on Sports Podcast, Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers examine the economic phenomenon of the winner's curse and how it explains why teams almost never get what they pay for.

Duration: 00:21:39


The power of body language

9/14/2015
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In this week’s episode, Sommers is joined by Dr. Amy Cuddy, a world-renowned expert in body language, to discuss the subconscious messages the body sends and how those physical messages can shape the minds of top athletes. More and more teams are buying into the idea that how players and coaches act in their regular routine dictates how productive they are in the heat of competition. Whether it's high-pressure penalty kicks in soccer or casual clubhouse encounters in baseball, Dr. Cuddy...

Duration: 00:27:42


Dancing with Djokovic: Cameron Hughes on crowd energy

9/7/2015
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In this week’s episode, professional superfan Cameron Hughes joins Sam Sommers to discuss the impact of crowd energy at big-time sporting venues. If you don't recognize Hughes's name right away, you'll probably recognize his dance moves from the opening week of action at the U.S. Open, when he came onto the court to dance with Novak Djokovic after the No. 1 seed finished off his second-round opponent. Hughes travels the continent riling up crowds at big-time sporting events, and he breaks...

Duration: 00:30:25


Action bias in sports organizations

8/31/2015
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In this week's episode, SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers discuss action bias in sports organizations, among fans of sports teams and with trade deadlines. Is it better to do something or do nothing at all? Wertheim and Sommers discuss the MLB trade deadline, NFL teams' front offices and situations with managers and coaches, fans behind the basket at a basketball game and more.

Duration: 00:19:06


The fine art of trash talk: Nick Kyrgios aftermath

8/24/2015
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In this week’s episode, Wertheim and Sommers explore the fine art of trash talk and its place in the sports word. From the verbal jabs boxers trade at pre-fight press conferences to the personal insult Nick Kyrgios lobbed across the net at Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup earlier this month, trash talk has become as common to sports on all levels as the action itself. Wertheim and Sommers discuss the origins of trash talk as a competitive strategy and the varying objectives behind the...

Duration: 00:23:46


Deflategate and the persecution complex

8/17/2015
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In this week's episode, SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers discuss the psychology behind the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and the Deflategate scandal, including identity conflicts and persecution complex, or an irrational feeling or fear that one is the objective of collective hostility or bad treatment. Sommers suggests that it's a common belief for people in sports, politics and everyday life to focus on all that is overcome when...

Duration: 00:23:21


Sports Illustrated Joins Panoply Network

8/17/2015
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For more than 60 years, Sports Illustrated has championed its brand of quality sports journalism. Today, SI announces a new partnership … one that helps us tell the stories that matter to your life, through today’s mobile channels. Sports Illustrated is now a part of the Panoply Network. Visit http://panoply.fm to learn more about the excellent slate of podcasts, and subscribe to your favorite SI shows on iTunes or find them all at http://si.com/podcasts. Music by: Pierlo (http://upitup.com)

Duration: 00:00:45


What MRI technology says about a sports fan

8/10/2015
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In this week’s episode we take the title of the podcast quite literally, peeking under the hood at the mind of the sports fan. Guest Mina Cikara, a social neuroscientist and Harvard University professor, talks about her research using MRI technology to take images of fans’ brains as they follow their favorite sports teams. What's the one thing that sometimes gives fans even more pleasure than watching their favorite team win? Cikara and Sommers discuss what these brain snapshots tell us...

Duration: 00:32:21


Analyzing the Decline of Tiger Woods

7/27/2015
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“This is Your Brain on Sports” is a podcast from Sports Illustrated in which SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers look at the hidden side of games, athletes, fans, owners and officials. This week's episode examines the life and career of golfer Tiger Woods—what advice does a psychologist have for this legendary golfer who is now on the decline? Wertheim and Sommers analyze the public's perception of Woods, and the perception of himself as a...

Duration: 00:14:10

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