Actions have consequences--and being able to
learn from them revolutionized life on earth. It
comes in quite handy for everyday life too.
Some consequences get learned the hard way,
while others are taught, or come naturally.
While it's easy enough to see that
consequences are important, few have heard
there's a science of consequences, with
principles that affect us every day and
Ten years in the making, THE SCIENCE OF
CONSEQUENCES tells a tale ranging from
genetics to neurotransmitters, from emotion to
language, from parenting to politics. Taking an
inclusive "systems" approach, Schneider draws
together research lines from many scientific
fields to tell a tale that's epic in scope.
Selection of the Scientific American Book Club
Discussed on National Public Radio
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"This engaging, thoroughly researched book
could not be more timely or useful. . . a proper
understanding of consequences can improve
our lives, relationships, and society."
-Carol Tavris, PhD, coauthor of Mistakes Were
Made (But Not by Me)
". . . a wide-ranging and highly entertaining
guide to the many ways that the behavior of
humans and other animals--from bugs to
bonobos--is shaped by consequences.
Schneider knows the science and loves her
subject, and the result is an enjoyable and
-Mark S. Blumberg, PhD, F. Wendell Miller
Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa,
author of Freaks of Nature, Editor-in-Chief of the
journal Behavioral Neuroscience
". . . thoroughly and beautifully explains the
elementary rule that governs all living
creatures--behavior is shaped by its
consequences. This book is a kind of love letter
to a simple, yet profound truism . . ."
-Amy Sutherland, author of What Shamu
Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage
(For more Advance Praise, see the Book page.)
© 2012 Susan M. Schneider
Consequences are everywhere.
Published at the end of 2012. Already in its second printing!