Biology Faculty Articles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-19-2021

Publication Title

Journal of Ethology

Keywords

Stress, Sport psychology, Testosterone, Dominance, Home field advantage, Human performance

ISSN

1439-5444

First Page

1

Last Page

15

Abstract

Competitive outcomes can be significantly influenced by previous experience of winning and losing, whereby all things considered, winners are likely to continue winning and losers are likely to keep losing. Although short-lived, the underlying hormonal changes associated with these effects have been observed into the following day. Here, we assess the functional persistence of winner and loser effects in college baseball by investigating outcomes (splits vs. sweeps) of multigame series played over one or more days. Results show that sweeps occur at disproportionately higher frequencies in single-day series, but drop off to expected levels for multiday series.

Comments

We thank the J. Tartar, J. Antonio, and the rest of the Neurosports team, as well as J. Thomas, C. Algieri, and T. Hazelhurtst for the helpful insights and discussions.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-4807-4979

DOI

10.1007/s10164-021-00728-9

Available for download on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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