The Brain on Sports

On today’s episode of Distillations we’re gearing up for this weekend’s playoff games with a look at the science of sports.

Episode 139 | January 20, 2012

Episode 139: The Brain on Sports by Distillations Podcast

Whether it’s football season, baseball season, or basketball season, one thing is constant: a good chunk of the population has sports on the brain. On today’s episode of Distillations we explore why this is the case. First producer Lindsay Patterson follows a high school basketball team to learn about the role chemistry plays in winning a big game. Then we check in with the fans at home, learning what happens in your brain when you’re cheering on your favorite team.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:30 Introduction
01:00 Feature: An Athlete’s Chemistry
07:31 The Science of Watching Sports
10:57 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Ryan Carty and Mia Lobel for researching this show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Music from the Free Music Archive includes “Kopeika,” by et_, and “Shangri-La (instrumental),” by YACHT. This episode also features “Dopamine!,” by Ric Seaberg.

Image courtesy of Flickr user seantoyer.