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White Sox fans were overcome with euphoria when their beloved team won after eighty-eight years of failure, and the long-suffering Red Sox Nation finally received their vindication in 2004. Now the Cubs are the only "cursed" team left: The team has repeatedly made the playoffs without ever winning the World Series for the last ninety-nine years, and yet thousands who bleed Cubbie blue pack Wrigley Field for every game. The reasons why ardent sports fans in Chicago and around the world buy expensive game tickets and memorabilia, fill stadiums, and live and die by their team's fortunes is the subject of Your Brain on Cubs, an engaging study that delves into why sports engender such passionate emotions in us all.
A group of today's leading science writers and neuroscientists explore here the ways that our brain functions when we participate in sports as fans, athletes, and coaches, taking baseball as the quintessential sport for all three perspectives. The contributors tackle such questions as: How does a player hit a ninety-mile-per-hour fastball when he barely has time to visually register it? Why do fans remain devotedly loyal year after year? And what allows them to believe in superstitions, such as a curse? Other topics investigated in the book include how a ballplayer's brain changes as he gains experience and expertise, why there are a higher percentage of left-handers in the major leagues compared to the general population, and the ethical implications of neurological performance enhancement.
An expertly written and thought-provoking read, Your Brain on Cubs challenges us to reevaluate the nature of the sports fan and the athlete, revealing the scientific complexity underlying the seemingly black-and-white world of wins and losses.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.55" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 14, 2008
Publisher Dana Press
ISBN 1932594280 ISBN13 9781932594287
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More About Dan Gordon
Dan Gordon is the author of "Cape"" Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories," He lives in Providence, RI. Mickey Bradley is a freelance sportswriter and has written on topics ranging from sports to science to humor and entertainment. He lives in Schenectady, NY.
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Perfect for both sports and health libraries. May 6, 2008
YOUR BRAIN ON CUBS: INSIDE THE HEADS OF PLAYERS AND FANS blends medical science with insights on how the Chicago Cubs offers a method for understanding brain functions and ballpark attractions. From issues of loyalty and illusion to how viewers become experts, sports here is used as a foundation for considering brain functioning, game controversies from drugs to perception, and more: perfect for both sports and health libraries.