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The Secret Lives of Sports Fans

The Secret Lives of Sports Fans by Eric Simons
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Praise for Darwin Slept Here:

"Bracingly fresh . . . nothing less than exhilarating." --Michael Pollan

"Hard to put down . . . Keeps the reader wanting more." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Eric Simons is the perfect play-by-play announcer for this event, for the simple reason that, as an avid fan himself, he has skin in the game—as well as genes and nerves and dopamine receptors. Simons has a gift for explaining the serious science of sport without losing the edge-of-your-seat thrill and raging despair of the game. Red Barber, eat your pericardium out."--Russ Rymer, author of Paris Twilight
 
"[Simons] provides a fascinating glimpse into why sports culture is what it is. Sports fans will find this a powerful tool for self-examination." --Booklist

"[Simons] reviews a stunning range of research—in psychology, neuroscience, and sociology—on topics running from the hormone system, emotion, and motivation, to cultural cognition, schadenfreude, and theories of self deception…a true pleasure to read." --Carlin Wing, Public Books
Overlook; April 2013
320 pages; ISBN 9781468307580
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Title: The Secret Lives of Sports Fans
Author: Eric Simons
 
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