#12: Why We Like Sports

People love to watch sports. The Superbowl, for example, is incredibly popular. About 111 million people, a third of everyone in the united states, watched the Superbowl in 2017. What is about our psychology that makes us love sports? Why do we tend to idolize individual players? Are we learning something when we watch sports? Find out all this and more on this episode of Minding the Brain!

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