Brain on Sports Podcast: Analyzing the decline of Tiger Woods
“This is Your Brain on Sports” is a 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, fans, owners and officials. This week's episode examines the life and career of golfer Tiger Woods—what advice does a psychologist have for this legendary golfer who is now on the decline?
Wertheim and Sommers analyze the public's perception of Woods, and the perception of himself as a professional athlete, in terms of different psychological ideologies. Is Woods actually a lot like you and I in his approach to dealing with his recent troubles on and off of the course? Sommers discusses the ways in which Woods rationalizes his losses and drop in rankings and how they are similar to the way an average person deals with the ups and downs of life.
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