• 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)

Charaktery, Poland

Korean edition

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Most Recent

Children’s Lies are a Sign of Cognitive Progress: Research shows that kids’ ability to bend the truth is a developmental milestone, much like walking and talking
January 13, 2016

The Village Effect” | Talks at Google
November 20, 2015

Changes in Sense of Humor May Presage Dementia: New research suggests that shifts in what a person finds funny can herald imminent changes in the brain—possibly presaging certain types of dementia
November 18, 2015

 

Featured in Tech Insider: A psychologist visited an Italian island to find out why so many people lived to 100 — and discovered something amazing
November 11, 2015

 

For Babies, Copy-Cat Games Provide a Social Compass: Researchers begin to understand infants’ imitations
October 21, 2015

 

Walk Without Borders Challenge
Four friends–one Catholic, one Protestant, one Muslim and one Jewish–decided to walk 200 kilometers of the ancient pilgrimage route of Compostelle, in France, in order to support MSF, to vanquish fear and meet personal challenges.

We are big supporters of the lifesaving humanitarian medical aid Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) provides to people in need around the world. That’s why we’re walking to raise funds for MSF in the 2015 Walk Without Borders Challenge.  I hope you’ll sponsor us as we step up to help save lives.
October 14, 2015

Less Pain, Less Joy: A New Look at Acetaminophen: The drug, found in Tylenol, is an all-purpose damper, a study finds
September 23, 2015

 

Why I dislike Facebook’s latest idea: Empathy can’t be conveyed with a click, The Globe and Mail,
September 21, 2015

 

Practice Makes Some Perfect, Others Maybe Not: Some brains get a musical head start, research shows
August 26,2015

 

Read Susan’s newest column, How Intelligence Shifts With Age
August 8, 2015

 

Read Susan Pinker’s new column Mind and Matter in The Wall Street Journal:
June 25,2015

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.

Upcoming Events

March 16, 11th, 2016 | Zurich, Switzerland
Keynote: European Trend Day 2016
Gottlieb Duttwieler Institute



February 11th, 2016 | Montreal, Canada
Panel Discussion: Thinking Out Loud
Concordia University, 7 pm



October 20th | Montreal, Canada
Why Face to Face Contact Matters in Education
Delta Kappa Gamma International
7 pm EMSB: 6000 Fielding, Montreal

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