About This Episode
On this episode of Playing with Science, hosts Gary O’Reilly and Chuck Nice are investigating the money, minds, and madness behind the NCAA, featuring bracketologist Chris Dobbertean, Andrew Zimbalist, author of Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It, neuroscientist and All-Stars host Dr. Heather Berlin, and clinical and sport psychologist Dr. Leah Lagos. To start, Chris tries to make sense of the madness that has already transpired during the NCAA tournament and gives his Final Four predictions – this episode was recorded before the Elite Eight games were played – and he’s surprisingly accurate. Then, investigate whether the NCAA money system is broken and what solutions might be viable to fix it. Go inside the head of an athlete competing under immense pressure and learn what’s going on in their brain. You’ll also hear how bio-hacking and psychophysiological training can help athletes perform their best during the most crucial moments. All that, plus, you’ll also explore “busy brain,” Gary weighs in on dealing with players on the professional soccer pitch, and much, much, more!
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: NCAA – March Madness, Money, and Minds.
In This Episode
Sports Analyst, Broadcaster, Professional Soccer Player
Bracketologist at BloggingtheBracket.com and SBNation
Professor of Economics at Smith College and author of "Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It" (2017)
GuestDr. Heather Berlin
All-Stars host, Neuroscientist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Icahn School Of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
GuestDr. Leah Lagos
Clinical & Sport Psychologist