Your Brain on Cubs (Hardcover)
Inside the Heads of Players and Fans
Dana Press, 9781932594287, 150pp.
Publication Date: March 14, 2008
A group of today’s leading science writers and neuroscientists explore here the ways that our brain functions when we participate in sports as fans, athletes, and coaches, taking baseball as the quintessential sport for all three perspectives. The contributors tackle such questions as: How does a player hit a ninety-mile-per-hour fastball when he barely has time to visually register it? Why do fans remain devotedly loyal year after year? And what allows them to believe in superstitions, such as a curse? Other topics investigated in the book include how a ballplayer’s brain changes as he gains experience and expertise, why there are a higher percentage of left-handers in the major leagues compared to the general population, and the ethical implications of neurological performance enhancement.
An expertly written and thought-provoking read, Your Brain on Cubs challenges us to reevaluate the nature of the sports fan and the athlete, revealing the scientific complexity underlying the seemingly black-and-white world of wins and losses.
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Praise For Your Brain on Cubs: Inside the Heads of Players and Fans…
— George Will
"With their frustrating ups and downs, and nearly 100 years without a World Series win, the Chicago Cubs have been messing with the minds of their loyal fans for a long time, making that club the perfect topic for a book about the relationship between baseball and the human brain. Each of the essays in this off-beat collection explores a different aspect of baseball through the prism of neurology, and each piece relates, at least tangentially, back to the Cubs. . . . The essays are straightforward, entertaining and likely to provoke many barroom debates."—Publishers Weekly
— Publishers Weekly
— Library Journal
— Aryeh Routtenberg
“You do not need to be a Cubs fan to like this book. It has a delightful mix of baseball lore and information about the brain.…These insights are interesting for all of us who try to acquire new skills, and many apply to experts in other skill domains, such as musical performance.”—Ann M. Graybiel, Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Neuroscience and Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Ann M. Graybiel
— Bruce C. Ladd, Jr.
— Carl F. Craver
— Ben Carson, Sr., MD