Short Wave: How The Lack of Fans Is Changing the Psychology of Sports

Professional sports are back but on the playing field, the situation is anything but normal.

The most obvious difference is the glaring absence of fans in the stands, which has led to some creative experimentation with recorded crowd noise piped into venues.

Host Maddie Sofia talks to Catherine Sabiston, the Canada research chair in physical activity and mental health at the University of Toronto, about how the lack of real life fans is changing the psychology of sports games.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Yowei Shaw, fact-checked by Brit Hanson, and edited by Deborah George.

 

Short Wave Podcast

It’s science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.


Psychology, Sports
Middle School, High School

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