Brain on Sports podcast: SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers discuss action bias in sports organizations.
“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 explore the intersection of sports and human nature—what the world of sports has to teach us about who we are, what we care about, and the forces that shape our behavior. In this week’s episode we discuss action bias in sports organizations.
In this week's episode, Wertheim and Sommers discuss action bias among fans of sports teams and among teams during trade deadlines. Is it better to do something or do nothing at all? The pair uses the MLB trade deadline, NFL teams' front offices and situations with managers and coaches, fans behind the basket at a basketball game and more to consider the pros and cons of a strong bias towards action in sports.
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