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In her surprising, entertaining, and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.   From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to connect to other human beings. Face-to-face contact matters: tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help children learn, extend our lives, and make us happy. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close relationships to form a personal “village” around us, one that exerts unique effects. Not just any social networks will do: we need the real, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends, and communities together.   Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience with gripping human stories, Susan Pinker explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, from city to Sardinian mountain village, from classroom to workplace, from love to marriage to divorce. Her results are enlightening and enlivening, and they challenge many of our assumptions. Most of us have left the literal village behind and don’t want to give up our new technologies to go back there. But, as Pinker writes so compellingly, we need close social bonds and uninterrupted face-time with our friends and families in order to thrive—even to survive. Creating our own “village effect” makes us happier. It can also save our lives.Praise for The Village Effect  “The benefits of the digital age have been oversold. Or to put it another way: there is plenty of life left in face-to-face, human interaction. That is the message emerging from this entertaining book by Susan Pinker, a Canadian psychologist. Citing a wealth of research and reinforced with her own arguments, Pinker suggests we should make an effort—at work and in our private lives—to promote greater levels of personal intimacy.”—Financial Times   “Drawing on scores of psychological and sociological studies, [Pinker] suggests that living as our ancestors did, steeped in face-to-face contact and physical proximity, is the key to health, while loneliness is ‘less an exalted existential state than a public health risk.’ That her point is fairly obvious doesn’t diminish its importance; smart readers will take the book out to a park to enjoy in the company of others.”—The Boston Globe   “A hopeful, warm guide to living more intimately in an disconnected era.”—Publishers Weekly“A terrific book . . . Pinker makes a hardheaded case for a softhearted virtue. Read this book. Then talk about it—in person!—with a friend.”—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human   “What do Sardinian men, Trader Joe’s employees, and nuns have in common? Real social networks—though not the kind you’ll find on Facebook or Twitter. Susan Pinker’s delightful book shows why face-to-face interaction at home, school, and work makes us healthier, smarter, and more successful.”—Charles Duhigg, New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business   “Provocative and engaging . . . Pinker is a great storyteller and a thoughtful scholar. This is an important book, one that will shape how we think about the increasingly virtual world we all live in.”—Paul Bloom, author of Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil

Hardcover:

9781400069576 | Spiegel & Grau, August 26, 2014, cover price $26.00 | About this edition: In her surprising, entertaining, and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity.

Paperback:

9780812981919 | Spiegel & Grau, June 2, 2015, cover price $18.00

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9781494552176 | Mp3 una edition (Tantor Media Inc, September 8, 2014), cover price $29.99 | About this edition: From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to connect to other human beings.
9781494502171 | Unabridged edition (Tantor Media Inc, September 8, 2014), cover price $42.99 | About this edition: From birth to death, human beings are hardwired to connect to other human beings.

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Product Description: In her surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity.     From birth to death, human beings are hard-wired to connect to other human beings...read more

Hardcover:

9780307359537 | Random House of Canada Ltd, August 26, 2014, cover price $32.00 | About this edition: In her surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity.

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9780307359544 | Reprint edition (Vintage, August 25, 2015), cover price $22.00 | About this edition: In her surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity.

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Product Description: Now available in paperback from psychologist and award- winningcolumnistSusanPinker, the groundbreaking and contro- versial book that is “lively, well- written...important and timely” (The Washington Post).In   this   “ringing   salvo in the sex-difference   wars” (The New York Times Book Review),  Pinker  examines  how fundamental sex differences play out over the life span...read more

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9780743284707, titled "The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap" | 1 edition (Scribner, March 11, 2008), cover price $26.00 | About this edition: Now available in paperback from psychologist and award- winningcolumnistSusanPinker, the groundbreaking and contro- versial book that is “lively, well- written.

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9780743284714 | Scribner, August 18, 2009, cover price $22.99 | About this edition: Now available in paperback from psychologist and award- winningcolumnistSusanPinker, the groundbreaking and contro- versial book that is “lively, well- written.

Miscellaneous:

9781416554189 | Scribner, March 11, 2008, cover price $13.99

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Product Description: After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs? Why do high-achieving women opt out of successful careers? Psychologist Susan Pinker explores the illuminating answers to these questions in her groundbreaking first book...read more

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9780679314158, titled "The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap" | Random House of Canada Ltd, February 29, 2008, cover price $34.95 | About this edition: After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs?

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9780679314165, titled "The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap" | Random House of Canada Ltd, February 10, 2009, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs?

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