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The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters

Monday 23 March 2015

1 Hour


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Psychologist, journalist and writer Susan Pinker explains how face-to-face contact is crucial for our learning, happiness, resilience and longevity. She joins findings in the new field of neuroscience with human stories to show that tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help children to learn, extend our lives and make us happy. Looser personal ties also help us, combining with the closer bonds to form a village effect around us. However, Pinker says many of us have left our personal villages and embraced new technologies instead.

Pinker’s first book, The Sexual Paradox, won the prestigious William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association and was published in 17 countries. She has written and featured in national newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic.