• HOW FACE-TO-FACE CONTACT CAN MAKE US HEALTHIER, AND HAPPIER

    The Village Effect

    In this surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, psychologist Susan Pinker shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience and longevity.

  • A One-Sentence Book Review - The New York Times Magazine

    "Good peers help make centenarians."

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  • International Praise

    "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; ...smart readers will take the book out to a park to enjoy in the company of others." ­ – The Boston Globe

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Susan Pinker's New Book

The Village Effect

In this surprising, entertaining and persuasive new book, 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.

Random House Canada

Speigel & Grau, US

Atlantic Books , UK Edition

Tantor Media (Audio Book)

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Most Recent

Susan Pinker on the benefits of face-to-face contact: BBC Radio,
March 23rd,2015

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age: The Guardian,
March 20, 2015

The loss of human contact in the internet age is shortening our lives: The Sunday Times,
March 8,2015

Increase Face Time for Business to Build Trust,
February 25, 2015

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?: NY Times,
January 30, 2015

Susan Pinker is mentioned in the Upshot, NY Times article.
January 15, 2015

The Psychology of Religious Blinders: Times Magazine,
January 13, 2015

Maclean’s Bestseller
September 22, 2014

 

Media Coverage

The Guardian

The Guardian

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age

The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times

The loss of human contact in the internet age is shortening our lives

Financial Times

Financial Times

Maintaining the personal touch is more powerful

MacLean's

MacLean's

How Face-to-Face Contact Makes us Happier

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Want to be healthier? Socialize in person.

Diane Rehm Show (NPR)

Diane Rehm Show (NPR)

Effects of Increasing Digital Connections on Relationships and Community

The New York Times Magazine

The New York Times Magazine

"Good peers help make centenarians"

MacLean's

MacLean's

The End of Neighbours

Fast Company

Fast Company

Why You Need To Actually Talk To Your Coworkers Face To Face

The Montreal Gazette

The Montreal Gazette

It takes a village to keep us healthy

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

To Truly Interact, Try it Offline

Toronto Star

Toronto Star

It Takes a Village to Find a Friend

Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly

The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter

About the Author

Susan Pinker

 

Photo by Susie Lowe

SUSAN PINKER is a developmental psychologist, journalist and author whose first book, The Sexual Paradox, won the American Psychological Association’s most prestigious literary prize, the William James Book Award, and was published in 17 countries. A national columnist, lecturer and broadcaster whose work has garnered many writing awards, Pinker’s ideas have been featured in the New York Times, the Times, the Guardian, the Economist, the Atlantic, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Montreal.

2015 Events

March 23rd | Oxford, UK

Oxford Literary Festival


March 25th | London, England

The School of Life: Face Time with Susan Pinker


March 29th | Pasadena, California

Caltech Distinguished Speakers Series
Baxter Lecture Hall

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