Monday, April 4, 2016

This is Your Brain on Sports~

This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon 

Our intention is selecting "This is Your Brain on Sports" was to read, review, and pass on to a 13 year old nephew who is an active participant in youth sports. However, some of the content in the chapters "Acting on Impulse" and "Why Athletes Don't Need an Empty Bed Before Competition" lead me to believe that this book would be best left to parental discretion, when it comes to young readers.

For adults, this book did cover some of the psychology dealing with the modern day theory of no one wins, no one loses, everyone gets a trophy for participating. This book examines how some get way more involved with their favorite teams than is humanly healthy, and how this leads to bad behavior at times. I found the chapter on how the brain drives the athlete to the finish line fairly interesting, The book is a quick read on a rainy afternoon. Turn off the TV and pick it up.

Thank you to the publisher and "Blogging for Books" for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

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