The Southwest Philly Floater. Dunk City. Craft shooing away his teammates and draining a buzzer-beater to lift the Buckeyes. March Madness is in full swing. So are your emotions.
Daniel Wann, a psychologist who has authored or co-authored hundreds of papers (and three bookds) on the psychology of sports fandom. He spoke to The Verge about March Madness Emotional Disorder (not a real thing).
Everything Wann and his colleagues have found in their work indicates that fandom is a unique psychological and emotional phenomena. Unsurprisingly, the most committed fans have the most heightened viewing experiences. "Overall the more a fan cares, the more intense their reaction to a game is going to be, both positive and negative," Wann told The Verge.
All things considered, Wann suggests that it's surprising how mature most sports fans act.