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Sport: A Biological, Philosophical, and Cultural Perspective

Jay Schulkin

Abstract

Sports are as varied as the people who play them. We run, jump, and swim. We kick, hit, and shoot balls. We ride sleds in the snow and surf in the sea. From the Olympians of ancient Greece to today’s professional athletes, from adult pickup soccer games to children’s gymnastics classes, people at all levels of ability at all times and in all places have engaged in sport. What drives this phenomenon? In Sport, the neuroscientist Jay Schulkin argues that biology and culture do more than coexist when we play sports—they blend together seamlessly, propelling each other toward greater physical and ... More

Keywords: Sport, Play, Biology, Culture, Evolution, Neuroscience, behavioral research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231176767
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231176767.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay Schulkin, author
Georgetown University