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Our Brain on Sports: Behavioral Science Lessons for Athletes, Coaches, Parents, and Fans
We all know that everyone loves an underdog, but why? What makes rivalry games different? Why do mediocre players often make the best coaches? How is running on a treadmill just like running a business or taking a challenging class? In the spirit of Homecoming, join Sam Sommers, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Tufts (and co-author of the recent book This Your Brain on Sports) for an educational and entertaining virtual look at what the world of sports has to teach us about human nature.

Oct 7, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Samuel Sommers
Professor and Department Chair, Psychology Department @Tufts University
Professor Sommers is an experimental social psychologist who studies racism, racial equity, and group diversity. His research explores racial inequities (and efforts to ameliorate them) in real-world domains including higher education, the criminal justice system, and popular media coverage. In recognition of this work, in 2008 he received the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence from the American Psychology-Law Society. For more details regarding publications, ongoing projects, and media coverage of his research, see his lab website. At Tufts, Professor Sommers teaches courses in Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1), Social Psychology (PSY 13), Experimental Psychology (PSY 32), and upper-level seminars in social psychology and psychology and law. In 2007 he won the Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising at Tufts; in 2009 he was named Gerald R. Gill Professor of the Year by the Student Senate. He has written two general audience books: Situations Matter and