The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

The Secret Lives of Sports Fans 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 emot

  • Title: The Secret Lives of Sports Fans
  • Author: Eric Simons
  • ISBN: 9781590208649
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 depSports 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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    1. My reasons for reading this book:1) I am from Cleveland, a town that has nothing better to do than bemoan the state of their sports teams (or apparently have paroxysms of delight this year, because some people won something or other), 2) I lived in Quebec for my young adulthood, where sports aren’t heavily emphasized (yeah, there’s the Montreal Canadiens but compared to the US, fans are only mildly interested) and sports bars play things like curling on the television, even on big football n [...]

    2. A little disclosure here: Eric Simons visited with me during our 2012 annual Sport Psychology Forum at WKU in Bowling Green, KY. His experiences at the Forum, and the Predators-Sharks game following made the book. (So, look, Ma, I'm famous!) Thus, I am already predisposed to liking the book.However, just because I am in the book does not necessarily make it a good book. What makes it good is that Eric took the information he gleaned from our form, added to it information gathered from other scie [...]

    3. Good to know why I'm a fanatic with my team. Not crazy like some sports fans but can definitely relate to the info presented by Eric Simons. If you think you are alone, you're not.

    4. I should state my bias from the get-to by saying I'm one of those fans that rages/cries/becomes depressed when a team I'm really passionate about loses (I decided to read this book solely based upon seeing "Arsenal" and "Gooners" on the jacket blurb). However, I'm learning to temper my enthusiasm by understanding sports ain't that serious. Easier said than done, but you won't find me trying to punch you in your tooth because you said, as one of my coworkers constantly likes to, "Rajon Rondo look [...]

    5. As a younger boy I was a fanatic Utah Jazz Fan. I had posters of Malone and Stockton plastering every square inch of my wall. I never missed a game on TV or listened in on radio if the game was not telecast. I remember vividly Jordan's push-off on Byron Russel and jumpshot (should have been called a foul) to secure the NBA championship (I was crushed). As life changes your interests change (I don't think I could name even a few Utah Jazz players today), but I wondered if this book: The Secret LI [...]

    6. As the wife of a long-suffering Boston Red Sox fan, I was curious about why some sports fans take the trials and tribulations of their teams so personally. Don't get me wrong, I love my teams, and I hate when they lose (especially to long-hated rivals), but I generally don't lose sleep over such losses. My husband is another story. This book looks into neuroendocrinology and how it triggers certain hormonal responses when a person's beloved team wins or loses. It examines our mirror neuron syste [...]

    7. This book features an excellent collection of research studies to read up on if you're interested in the science of sports fandom, but the book itself is awful. The author has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to science (he refers to specific neural cortices as "brain lobes" and often interprets and presents research studies in all fields inaccurately) and in fact has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to sports fandom, either--he repeatedly emphasizes that he usually wat [...]

    8. The anecdotes are great, and the research studies and theories are interesting. I would have enjoyed the book more if some of the data and theories were not addressed as in depth. I wasn't that interested in endocrinology to want to read so much about hormone levels, for example. Personally, I liked the anecdotes best, and I also enjoyed the sociological and psychological aspects. The physical science was interesting as well, but not surprising given my interests, it was not as appealing to me. [...]

    9. As an overly-attached hockey fan, reading this book was very insightful but also frankly surreal, and a little creepy, like reading a report on my own mind. I read it during the hockey off-season and sometimes had to just stop because it felt a little too personal and close to home. It dissected and analysed my feelings very well. Overall though, I'm very glad I've read it because it has made me feel less alone, and somewhat vindicated by science and sociology. I also liked the personal examples [...]

    10. Very interesting read for any sports fan (or their significant others). Simons' writing is clear, concise, and entertaining as he explains what is happening in our brains and bodies when we watch sports. He explores mirror neurons, identity and the expansion of self, relationship formation, love, addiction, and group behavior to understand exactly what's happening when I scream at a television screen, weep with joy, or any of the other emotional/physical highs and lows that define sports fandom. [...]

    11. "We sports fan are glorious expression of all the wondrous quirks and oddities in human nature" - this actual last sentence of the book should've been better placed at its opening. It aptly captures it's spirit and all pluses and minuses stemming from such overambitious statement. However, it was this line that actually made my day:"Behavioral scientists like the Russian Gregor Pavlov - whose experiments with salivating dogs have forever linked him with canines -" (p.182). Ivan Mendel, take note [...]

    12. The informative parts were great, but nothing groundbreaking (I'd seen many of the studies in other books), while the anecdotal parts weren't particularly interesting in context. Felt more like a term paper than a book at times and wasn't something that screamed to be read from cover to cover. Overall, an okay book.

    13. Interesting analyses of the different effects that competition and being a loyal fan of a team has on chemical reactions in body. Also good discussion of group psychology for sports fans i.e. Raider Nation, etc. Long suffering Cleveland fans will find some of the commentary intriguing, and perhaps comforting.

    14. A very engagingly written overview of the current neuroscientific, social psychological, and anthropological research on sports fandom, affiliation, empathy, and why we care so much about something that really doesn't matter!

    15. If you've ever been a fan or even hated others' fandom, read this book. It's a more complex scientific subject than most give it credit for. Simons' writing is tight and informative and not without good narrative threads to entice the reader to turn the page. I learned a lot about myself.

    16. Popular sciene analysis of sportfandom. Pretty informative and an interesting area of research not often persued.

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