Drunk Tank Pink

Drunk Tank Pink

And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

Book - 2014
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Most of us go through life believing that we are in control of the choices we make—that we think and behave almost independently from the world around us. But as Drunk Tank Pink illustrates, the truth is our environment shapes our thoughts and actions in myriad ways without our permission or even our knowledge. Armed with surprising data and endlessly fascinating examples, Adam Alter addresses the subtle but substantial ways in which outside forces influence us—such as color’s influence on mood, our bias in favor of names with which we identify, and how sunny days can induce optimism as well as aggression. Drunk Tank Pink proves that the truth behind our feelings and actions goes much deeper than the choices we take for granted every day.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Penguin Books,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780143124931
Branch Call Number: 155.9 ALT
Characteristics: 261 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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eugenelerner Jul 04, 2013

Credibility pre-review:
Page 9
"In his native Russian tongue, Vyacheslav Voronin's name means “slave.”
Typical old slavic names with with "slav" on their end should not mean "slave" because it sound like for an english speaking writer. This is an insulting news to Russian people, unless he will provide a reference. Factuality, dear writer.

ksoles Jun 19, 2013

Why does a strategically placed picture of eyes decrease theft more than one of flowers? How does exposure to money (real or fake) increase pain tolerance and decrease feelings of empathy? Can the paint colour of a room truly influence mood? In his engaging new book, social psychologist Adam Alter shows how our complex relationship with the environment (both external and internal) shapes how we think, feel, and act.

Words and images bombard us daily, affecting human behavior in unexpected and mostly unconscious ways. In three sections, "Drunk Tank Pink" explores the world within us, the world between us, and the world around us. Alter offers a non-stop narrative of anecdotes, facts and research experiments that, when considered together, form a quirky patchwork of the human psyche. Alter's findings certainly compel the reader and he fluently discusses many psychological constructs like nominative determinism, diffusion of responsibility, and social facilitation.

Humans constantly relate (both consciously and unconsciously) to a complex web formed by the animate and the inanimate. "Drunk Tank Pink" credibly debunks the notion that anyone thinks, feels or behaves entirely on free will.


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dianarolls Sep 12, 2014

read p 51-61
p191 disfluency
p79 social isolatiom,damagedby
p26-27 labels make a complex worldsimpler

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