Susan Pinker, The Village Effect: How face-to-face contact can make us healthier, happier, and smarter


We are so wired in technologically, why are many of us so lonely? We are hard-wired to connect to other human beings, and 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.”

Marrying the findings of the new field of social neuroscience with gripping human stories, Susan explores the impact of face-to-face contact from cradle to grave, challenging many of our assumptions and showing us new ways to thrive.

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