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The secret lives of sports fans : the science of sports obsession

Author: Eric Simons
Publisher: New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an exploration of sports fandom that considers how it can be a fundamental aspect of an individual's identity, why people form such strong attachments to favorite teams, and what happens in the human mind and body when watching a game.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Simons
ISBN: 9781468308778 1468308777
OCLC Number: 880623933
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 320 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : Fan nature --
Part 1 : Reflex. The edge of the seat : the physical experience of fandom ; Sports as empathy : mirror neurons --
Part 2 : Control. A case of identity : welcome to Cleveland ; Relationships : Socrates the sports guy ; Love : the altruistic fan ; Addiction : arsenal in America --
Part 3 : Consequence. Behavior : who are those guys? ; Groups : love the one you're with ; War : man law --
Conclusion : Do we need sports?
Responsibility: Eric Simons.

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Presents an exploration of sports fandom that considers how it can be a fundamental aspect of an individual's identity, why people form such strong attachments to favorite teams, and what happens in the human mind and body when watching a game.

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