Physiologically, why do people get so emotionally tied up in sport?

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Offline doppler1

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I guess the question is more why do sport spectators become so physiologically affected by certain sports? I understand that soccer hooligans are just thugs but I am talking about the enthusiastic fan whose heart rate climbs at tense moments and whose limbs move involuntarily whilst they are caught up in the game??? I do not really see much of this in other activities that are watched and not performed.

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One aspect is an inbuilt predisposition to tribalism.

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I can understand that because I am one of the enthusiatic followers of sport myself and I get so worked up when my team is playing because I hate to lose and this team represents my geographical region. I guess we all like to feel like we come from a stronger or superior areas than our competitors. What is the thing that activates our genetic tribalism during sport?