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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Dana Press; First Edition edition (March 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932594280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932594287
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. There's a chapter on the use of "neurotropic substances" as performance enhancers, and another on how to become an All Star ballplayer the traditional way: "All expertise comes from practice, and lots of it." The book also routes out the answers to some quirky questions. Why are the majority of baseball's best hitters lefties? Because left-handed people are more ambidextrous than righties, argues one contributor, making them adept at skills that require both hands. How can a diehard Cubs fan stay loyal despite years of heartbreak? He becomes "an expert in delaying gratification." Although necessarily technical (this must be the only baseball book to reference the brain's "limbic structures"), the essays are straightforward, entertaining and likely to provoke many barroom debates.
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“It is not nice to joke about a neurological affliction. Fortunately, we can now comprehend the condition, thanks to a new book, ‘Your Brain on Cubs: Inside the Heads of Players and Fans,’ a collection of essays by doctors and others knowledgeable about neuroscience and brain disorders associated with rooting for a team that last won the World Series a century ago.”—George Will, Newsweek
 
(George Will Newsweek 2008-03-31)

"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 2008-02-25)

"The title, implying a focus on the Cubs, may limit interest in a book that really embraces much more. It does look at devoted Cubs fans—and all baseball fans—and their 'brainy' obsession with the game, including their brains' ways of reckoning with loss. The essays are by neuroscientists and two or three informed journalists, and they are accessible to all interested readers. . . . This is for all curious readers intrigued by the intersection of baseball and the sciences and in exploring old topics in new ways."—Library Journal
 
(Library Journal 2008-02-15)

“This book inspires me to imagine some kind of boutique neurosurgery to heal my brain, fatigued as it is by my team’s struggles. Who knows what other ideas it might spawn? Your Brain on Cubs is a great read.”—Aryeh Routtenberg, Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, and Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of Medicine
 
(Aryeh Routtenberg 2007-12-19)

“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 2007-12-19)

Your Brain on Cubs is a home run to deep center field! It illuminates the game from the perspectives of both fans and players.”—Bruce C. Ladd, Jr., founder, Emil Verban Memorial Society (Chicago Cubs Fan Club of Washington, D.C.)
(Bruce C. Ladd, Jr. 2007-11-30)

"It’s about time the Cubs and their fans had their heads examined. This volume explores how baseball looks through the lens of brain science and vice versa. It makes for fun and provocative reading for fans of brains and baseball alike."—Carl F. Craver, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program,Washington University in St. Louis
(Carl F. Craver 2007-12-19)

“Dan Gordon and the many contributors to Your Brain on Cubs have truly accomplished something rare in our society today. That is, combining solid science and intellectual pursuits with fun and games. The two certainly do not have to be mutually exclusive, and in our sports-crazed society, it is desirable, commendable, and entertaining to link intellectual achievement and fun together. Readers of this book will learn much and be entertained.”--Ben Carson, Sr., MD, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
(Ben Carson, Sr., MD 2007-11-30)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
YOUR BRAIN ON CUBS: INSIDE THE HEADS OF PLAYERS AND FANS blends medical science with insights on how the Chicago Cubs offers a method for understanding brain functions and ballpark attractions. From issues of loyalty and illusion to how viewers become experts, sports here is used as a foundation for considering brain functioning, game controversies from drugs to perception, and more: perfect for both sports and health libraries.
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By Deann Megonnell on November 20, 2012
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I was expecting a book with some humor in it but this is really more technical about how the brain works. The title got me hooked. Fortunately I purchased used versions so they were not as expensive. I definitely would not pay full price for this.
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I enjoyed reading this book and I think it explained actions in the brain in a scientific way that would still be interesting to neuroscientists and hard-core baseball fans alike. I found this book, which was put together by a life-long cub fan, to be extremely interesting and informative. It did an excellent job of describing a basic event in baseball like a batter preparing to hit a pitch and explaining how this event happens in the brain through the use of things like the mirror system.

The sections of the book and my summary/opinion of them are listed below. For the most part, the chapters open up with a Cub's game that is a good example of what is going to be discussed about. After the example, such as a fan's emotion or a baseball player's slump, is mentioned, the explanation for the neurological mechanism responsible for this event is followed by other research done by others, possibly psychologists or anthropologists, who back up the neurological mechanism.

Chapter 1: The Depths of Loyalty: Exploring the Brain of a Die-hard fan
Begins with the author talking about his experience growing up as a Cubs fan and how a brain for a fan of a perennial losing team works differently than the brain of fan whose team is doing well in the way that the "losing brain" is trained to delay gratification because winning is rare. Furthermore, this chapter mentions common behavioral framework that is relevant for a Cubs fan such as structured event knowledge stored in the frontal lobes and emotional states represented in the brain-stem and limbic regions. Overall, pretty basic brain information meant to just ease the reader in to both the fandom of the Cubs and the working of the brain.
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