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ERIC Number: EJ838000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-13
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Home Court Is Where the Heart Is
Hoover, Eric
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n27 pA1 Mar 2009
Home-court advantage is considered as the edge that sports teams seem to gain when they play in their own arenas. Exactly why it happens, though, is a long-enduring mystery. It is a long-enduring puzzle that psychologists and coaches are at a loss to explain. Fans who paint their faces, taunt their opponents, and scream their throats raw may think the answer is simple. More-refined observers--sociologists, psychologists, and statisticians--have proposed all kinds of scientific explanations. Several decades of research suggest that home-court advantage is real, but complex. The author examines the reasons behind the home-court advantage and presents some studies that challenged the conventional wisdom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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