“This is Your Brain on Sports" is a new podcast from Sports Illustrated in which SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers look at the hidden side of games, athletes, owners, and officials. In this week’s episode, Wertheim and Sommers explore the fine art of trash talk and its place in the sports word.
From the verbal jabs boxers trade at pre-fight press conferences to the personal comments Nick Kyrgios lobbed across the net at Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup earlier this month, trash talk has become as common to sports on all levels as the action itself. Wertheim and Sommers discuss the origins of trash talk as a competitive strategy and the varying objectives behind the psychological tactics used most often by athletes, coaches and fans.
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