Wertheim and Sommers use the wild events of the NFL’s wild-card weekend to discuss the presence of “hotheads” and rash decision-makers in the sports world.
“This is Your Brain on Sports” is a weekly 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.
On this week’s episode, Wertheim and Sommers use the wild events of the opening rounds of the NFL playoffs to discuss the presence of “hotheads” and rash decision-makers in the sports world. Who’s responsible for players that fly off the handle in the heat of competition, and do the words we use to describe their behavior match up with the science behind what’s going on in their brains?
Listen below to find out more about this intersection of sports and psychology ahead of the release of Wertheim and Sommers’s upcoming book This Is Your Brain on Sports, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher, and check back every week for a new episode.