The Old Ball Game

Baseball season is here! It's time once again to explore our national pastime's quirkiest traditions, discuss what makes a true champion—and debate the causes and effects of players' rampant drug-use.

Why Pitchers Hit Batters

By Robert I. Sutton
Understanding revenge on the baseball field.

Inside A Major-Leaguer's Mind

By Peter Doskoch
How baseball players' minds influence performance on the field.

Batters on Benders

By Christian Smith
Why cocaine, marijuana, and amphetamine use is common in baseball.

Beware of Lefties!

By Brian Tompkins
Teaching fear on the baseball field.

When Managers Strike Out

By Camille Chatterjee
The effects of firing leaders after a losing season.

Birth Order and Baseball

By Art Markman Ph.D.
Having siblings can affect how risky you are.

The Psychology of Sports Fans

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Are you a fair weather fan?

The Philadelphia Phillies--2008 World Series Champs?!

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D.
How do you handle victory when you're so used to defeat?

What Sports Mean to Us - and Why it's Important

By Mark Banschick M.D.
What really makes a big game so compelling?

Disappointed? Six Ways to Recover From Emotional Setbacks

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
... or to avoid it altogether.

What's With the Windup?

By Seth Slater M.F.A.
Pitching mound dances, swimming in circles, and loving our routines

The Morally Questionable Lessons of Formal Sports II

By Peter Gray Ph.D.
How athletes justify cheating, lying, and deliberately hurting a person.

Lessons from a World Series

By Marietta McCarty
What we learned from last year's competition.

Why Do Baseball Players Spit?

By Mary C Lamia Ph.D.
The emotions behind the spitting baseball player.

What Do Baseball and Pornography Have in Common?

By Catherine Salmon Ph.D.
Both illuminate our understanding of human nature.

Should Little League Baseball Be Nationally Televised?

By Richard D Ginsburg Ph.D.
We're exploiting the trials and tribulations of young children.

The Booze Ban

By Stanton Peele Ph.D.
Baseball finally outlawed alcoholic celebrations. Hallelujah!

And the Oscar for Best Decision Goes to...

By Nick Tasler
Brad Pitt's lessons on leadership.

Major Anxiety in the Major Leagues

By Greg Markway Ph.D.,
Athletes aren't immune to the normal range of human emotions.