The psychology behind sports fandom

by John Thomas

Carolina fans cheer on the Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center during the National Championship game.
Carolina fans cheer on the Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center during the 2009 National Championship game. (UNC News Services)

If you ever find yourself yelling at your T-V during a basketball or football game, you’re not alone. And with UNC basketball team on the brink of a national title, that yelling will be even louder than usual.

But what makes you so attached to your favorite team? John Thomas looks at the psychology behind our favorite sports.

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