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Drunk Tank Pink - And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

Adam Alter

An illuminating look at the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they're occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave. The world is populated with words and images that prompt unexpected, unconscious decisions. We are so deeply attracted to our own initials that we give more willingly to the victims of hurricanes that match our initials: Kims and Kens donate more generously to Hurricane Katrina victims, whereas Rons and Rachels give more openly to Hurricane Rita victims. Meanwhile, an illuminated light bulb inspires creative thinking because it symbolizes insight. Social interactions have similar effects, as professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching. Teachers who took tea from the break room at Newcastle University contributed 300 percent more to a cash box when a picture of two eyes hung on the wall. We're evolutionarily sensitive to human surveillance, so we behave more virtuously even if we're only watched by a photograph. The physical environment, from locations to colors, also guides our hand in unseen ways. Dimly lit interiors metaphorically imply no one's watching and encourage dishonesty and theft, while blue lights discourage violent activity because they're assoc

An illuminating look at the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they're occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave. The world is populated with words and images that prompt unexpected, unconscious decisions. We are so deeply attracted to our own initials that we give more willingly to the victims of hurricanes that match our initials: Kims and Kens donate more generously to Hurricane Katrina victims, whereas Rons and Rachels give more openly to Hurricane Rita victims. Meanwhile, an illuminated light bulb inspires creative thinking because it symbolizes insight. Social interactions have similar effects, as professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching. Teachers who took tea from the break room at Newcastle University contributed 300 percent more to a cash box when a picture of two eyes hung on the wall. We're evolutionarily sensitive to human surveillance, so we behave more virtuously even if we're only watched by a photograph. The physical environment, from locations to colors, also guides our hand in unseen ways. Dimly lit interiors metaphorically imply no one's watching and encourage dishonesty and theft, while blue lights discourage violent activity because they're assoc
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An illuminating look at the way the thoughts we have and the decisions we make are influenced by forces that aren't always in our control Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they're occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave. The world is populated with words and images that prompt unexpected, unconscious decisions. We are so deeply attracted to our own initials that we give more willingly to the victims of hurricanes that match our initials: Kims and Kens donate more generously to Hurricane Katrina victims, whereas Rons and Rachels give more openly to Hurricane Rita victims. Meanwhile, an illuminated light bulb inspires creative thinking because it symbolizes insight. Social interactions have similar effects, as professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching. Teachers who took tea from the break room at Newcastle University contributed 300 percent more to a cash box when a picture of two eyes hung on the wall. We're evolutionarily sensitive to human surveillance, so we behave more virtuously even if we're only watched by a photograph. The physical environment, from locations to colors, also guides our hand in unseen ways. Dimly lit interiors metaphorically imply no one's watching and encourage dishonesty and theft, while blue lights discourage violent activity because they're assoc

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tristan Morris

Length:

7h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:39


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:30


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:38


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:21


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:52


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:38


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:28


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:13


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:31