Your Brain on Sports

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I read the reviews and they seemed good, so I gave it a chance. I’m not a fanatic sports fan but i do have my teams that I’d prefer to see win over others. This book was mainly common sense, but it was based on subjects we don’t necessarily talk about when watching or reading about sports. I did like this book and can’t recommend it to a just one group of people, it’s for everyone the age 18 and older.

This cover of the book explains it well. This book was seen through the prism of behavioral economics and sports psychology how it examines hidden phenomena that impacts and drives decisions in professional sports. Which is not always what you see is what you get. Or what you see is what happened. With many chapters it broke down the fan base and the actual athlete themselves point of view and how they see things from their side.

One of the most interesting chapters Action Bias , where fans feel like doing something contributes greater to their experience with the sport they are watching. Example when fans wave their hands to try to distract a player of the opposite team in basketball from trying to make a basket, the fan thinks that they are the reason he didn’t make a basket. Fans feel like they have to do somthing to be involved with the sport themselves rather than just watching it.

Another chapter I liked was about Quarterbacks. Why are all quarterback good-looking ? We just see them as a quarterback or a person who is just really good at the sport and happens to be good looking, but reality is that they were chosen at a young age based on looks and talent and brought up to be really good at that one position or talent for the rest of their lives. When picking the kid who looks likeĀ  leader usually they just happen to be charismatic and strong. So this book was pretty good and even though it’s not a strong subject for me I enjoyed reading the behind scenes of most sports, and it was interesting.

I recieved my book from Blogging for books for this review. http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/

 

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