In the second episode of "This is Your Brain on Sports," a new podcast from Sports Illustrated that looks at the hidden side of games, athletes, fans, owners, officials and more, SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University associate professor of psychology Dr. Sam Sommers discuss the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Wertheim and Sommers discuss the the Women's World Cup and it's relation to world peace and increased state aggression, based on a 2015 study. The pair also analyzes the psychology of penalty kicks in soccer in relation to action bias among elite goalkeepers. Studies show that the optimal strategy for goalkeepers is to stay in the goal’s center; however, most almost always jump right or left.
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