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Old 08-12-2019, 09:41 AM
Pixel_Dent is offline
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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There are been many studies into what happens to people neurologically when they watch sports. Without getting into too much detail when we watch sports parts of our brain react as if we were actually participating. This is pronounced if we actually have some experience playing the sport. Also various chemicals are released in the brain while watching sports such as dopamine which affects the brains reward and pleasure centers. Testosterone levels rise when a fan's team is doing well and the stress hormone cortisol rises during close games. Other scientists have discovered similarities to the way the brain acts when watching sports to how it acts when hunting prey.

We watch sports because we get a real, measurable high from it and it's cheaper than heroin.

Last edited by Pixel_Dent; 08-12-2019 at 09:42 AM.