University Sports Rivalries Provide Insights on Coalitional Psychology : Territorial Context Influences Reactions to Vocal Signals of Allegiance.

@article{Kruger2018UniversitySR,
  title={University Sports Rivalries Provide Insights on Coalitional Psychology : Territorial Context Influences Reactions to Vocal Signals of Allegiance.},
  author={Daniel J. Kruger and Michael Falbo and Sophie Blanchard and Ethan Cole and Camille Gazoul and Noreen Nader and Shannon Murphy},
  journal={Human nature},
  year={2018}
}
Sports are an excellent venue for demonstrating evolutionary principles to audiences not familiar with academic research. Team sports and sports fandom feature dynamics of in-group loyalty and intergroup competition, influenced by our evolved coalitional psychology. We predicted that reactions to expressions signaling mutual team/group allegiance would vary as a function of the territorial context. Reactions should become more prevalent, positive, and enthusiastic as one moves from the home… CONTINUE READING