The Science of Consequences

How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World


"The study of consequences has given us incredible insights into human behavior. . . . This excellent, excellent book is a wonderfully entertaining and enlightening survey."
-Five-star online editorial review, Science and Nature category, San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review magazine, posted April 16, 2013
"Engaging and fast-paced . . . Schneider moves agilely from the worlds of genetics and neuroscience to animal behavior, education, and ethics. She layers insights from decades of research with personal anecdotes to ask increasingly provocative questions. . . From one chapter to the next, she deftly weaves a narrative that keeps the reader turning the page. This title is provocative, compelling, and rewarding."
-ForeWord Reviews, Winter 2013, full review here
"Citing a diverse collection of behavioral, biological, and mathematical modeling studies . . . this big-picture analysis is a good reminder that rewards are powerful and no behavior is without consequences and the ability to change us."
-Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2012
"Biopsychologist Susan Schneider, a protégé of twentieth-century behaviourist B. F. Skinner, reveals the effects of actions' consequences on evolution, the genome and the brain. . . such insights can inform real-life applications, from the treatment of depression to solving global issues such as overfishing."
-Nature, November 8, 2012
". . . casts a wider net than most readers will have considered, bringing together such diverse phenomena as light avoidance by the planarian worms to the world of politics. . . . Brain chemistry, epigenetics, education theory, behavioral psychology, brain imaging, and therapy techniques are just some of the topics . . . The Science Of Consequences will be a fine jumping-off point for anyone interested in modern developments in learning theory and behavioral science."
-National Science Teachers Association Recommends, March 11, 2013, full review here
"[Schneider] strives to present the full depth and range of a science that is now far more mature than the one Skinner first described. . . . A work of optimism and inclusion. . . . The sheer scope is dazzling."
-The Behavior Analyst, Spring 2014
"Examines consequences as a system with many interconnected parts from neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, psychiatry, addiction medicine, habits management, education and economics. . . . The Science of Consequences is a tightly wrapped marathon-sized intellectual bomb of a book full of lofty multidisciplinary insights and powerful life hacks."
-Book review, "Canis bonus" blog (Europe), January 2, 2015
"Hits the mark for accessibility, information, and entertainment. . . . unbridled enthusiasm for the topic and the science."
-International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2014 (#2)

Listed in the Science News "Bookshelf," March 9, 2013

Interviews & Other Media Coverage

The Science of Consequences has been featured in national radio programs, NPR, & national magazines.
I've now added coverage on the climate crisis, my focus for the last few years.  It does get discussed in my book - and it is a crisis . . .


Selected Highlights (with links to podcasts)

Two youtube interviews about climate change (NOT about the book).   The San Joaquin County Climate Action Coalition that I co-founded is featured.  From our local progressive radio station, run by the Peace and Justice Network.  Each is 1 hour long.
Posted February 2020.
Posted June 2019.

An interview about the book and about climate change and sustainability, in conjunction with the Convergence conference in Seattle.  35 minutes long.
Posted April 2019.

An interview about behavior and sustainability, in the "Under the Dome" blog from the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the main organization for experts in the science of consequences.
Posted August 7, 2018.

"The Science of Consequences"
Animal Training Academy, hosted by Ryan Cartlidge, May 29, 2018. 1 hour.
Over 2000 downloads, and take a look at the accompanying comments about my book, which include "awesome" and "brilliant."  (Thanks!)
Link to listen

"Insight" live interview, Sacramento's NPR affiliate,
Capital Public Radio, April 6, 2016. 10 min.  
Link to listen

Speakers Forum, NPR's KUOW, August 8, 2013.
A broadcast of my July 11 presentation in Seattle's
Science Lectures series.
Original podcast available on request.

"Central Standard" live interview, Kansas City's
NPR affiliate KCUR, February 7, 2013. 30 min.
Link to listen or download

Sirius/XM's Doctor Radio with NYU psychiatrist Dr. Dolores Malaspina, May 7, 2013.

National radio program Science Fantastic
with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.
Broadcast the week of January 26-31, 2013.

Essay and book excerpt in The Scientist magazine,
November 2012:
--- Link to essay "Truth and Consequences"
--- Link to book excerpt
From Chapter 2, "Consequences and Evolution:
The Cause That Works Backwards."

Interview by veterinarian and animal behavior expert
Dr. Sophia Yin for her blog, Nov/Dec 2012: Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Additional Events

Podcast of 2013 presentation at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Central Library

Marilu Henner Show, August 19, 2014

Kari Moran's BookRadio Hour,
December 16, 2013 (Southern CA)

George DiGianni, December 7, 2013
The Train Station Fitness Show on Sportsradio 1310 (Dallas)

"Let's Talk" with Dr. Stan Frager, November 3, 2013
WGTK, Louisville, KY.

Free Fire Radio interview, KCNR 1460 AM, Redding, CA,
September 6, 2013.

Interview "Nature and Nurture" in the Stockton Record, January 27, 2013: link to article. You may need to register (free).

November 17, 2012: Live Miami Book Fair radio interview on "Bookmarc" with Marc Bernier.  The youtube video clip is available on request.

October 2012: Interview on national radio program, "Something You Should Know."  25 minutes.

Michael Dresser Show, November 7, 2013
Skeptical Connections, March 23, 2014
Suncoast Live, April 9, 2014

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