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Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave Paperback – February 25, 2014
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"Adam Alter's book will change the way you look at our world."
--Dan Ariely, New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational
"You'll laugh, you'll gasp, you'll shake your head in disbelief as Alter shows you that we are all, to some degree, balls in a giant pinball machine. If you want to see the bumpers -- and regain some control of your destiny -- read this delightful book."
--Jonathan Haidt, author of New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind
"Alter not only explains the source of many cognitive quirks, but convincingly argues that comprehending them affords a better understanding of broader behaviors, from cyclical poverty to altruism... In Alter's hands, case studies take on new life... as he fluently moves between psychology, medicine, and cultural history, offering surprises to readers at many levels of expertise."
"With remarkable clarity and subversive humor, Alter presents a radical new perspective on human nature."
--Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works
"Adam Alter has collected the most wonderfully strange and surprising nuggets of recent psychological research in one book. I guarantee you'll be want to share the incredible anecdotes in Drunk Tank Pink with friends."
--Joshua Foer, New York Times bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein
"Drunk Tank Pink is a smart and delightful introduction to some of psychology's most curious phenomena and most colorful characters."
--Daniel Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness
"Reading Adam Alter's book about the many ways our perceptions are affected is so compelling that it put me in a seriously suspicious frame of mind...he seems to realize that his material does not require much to make it fascinating--not even a fancy font."
--The Smithsonian (a "Notable Book")
"Popular NYU psychology and marketing professor Adam Alter has composed a fascinating tome about the hidden things that make us think, act, and feel the way we do. The debut result will please readers of Malcolm Gladwell and other writers about unexpected wonders. Editor's recommendation."
--Barnes & Noble (A "Book of the Month" and "Editor's Recommendation" book)
"Alter's findings are intriguing...he peppers his text with illustrative anecdotes, incidents, studies and characters, making the book highly readable and informative."
--Kirkus Reviews (A Kirkus Recommended book)
About the Author
Adam Alter is an assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Huffington Post, Wired, Slate, the Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal, among other major publications. He lives in New York City.
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But I was disappointed. To me it is a string of interesting research results presented as unquestioned explanations. While there is thorough footnoting, the author offers little discussion of conflicting research, alternative possibilities, or cause vs. correlation. It's anecdotalism with a scientific underpinning. I would have liked more details or less certainty, including something to substantiate the research that provided the book's title. Surely there must be another side to the research suggesting that the presence of a yin-yang symbol on a questionnaire led white American students to adopt "thought patterns more typical among Chinese people" when predicting the weather. And the attribution of "subliminal priming" to differences in attitudes seems a throw-back to discredited marketing tales.
I liked the studies described, but would have appreciated a more skeptical or more complete presentation of them.
When you're writing for a non-scientist audience, you can bore them to tears with needless, excessive analysis. A formal survey of study results is generally meant for fellow scientists, but if the reader is interested, that's what the bibliography is for, and that is why one is included. It's not as comprehensive as some (e.g. any one of Dan Ariely's books), but it's there.
Alter also discusses many times how certain influences were ruled out. Sociology and psychology are hard subjects for setting up controlled experiments, for both ethical and practical reasons (although as Alter points out, this has not stopped some people, most notoriously the Nazis). Cross-cultural study is one way of distinguishing nature vs. nurture effects, as well as studies of children vs. adults. Both of these, and other, some more and some less rigorous methods were used in the research that he covers. I would say that instead of being unquestioning, the author tends to stick to well-established results.
I found the book hard to put down. A lot of modern research is finding that we are far less rational, self-aware, and in control than we think we are. But the nice thing about that realization is, as Alter suggests, we can teach ourselves to recognize how and when we're being influenced, and do something about that, both personally and organizationally.
All in all I was very satisfied and I've been strongly recommending this book to coworkers and friends.
This book does not stop with anecdotal or statistical evidence. The author cites experiments, many ingenuous, to test the theories of influence. Some studies are classic such as the one in which a teacher declared eye color to best and found social changes in the children. The children with the preferred eye color started acting superior and in fact performed better on tests. Then switching the announcement of preferred eye color switched behavior to its opposite. Other experiments are more obscure such as the finding that champion chess players will play a riskier game against very attractive, female experts than they would play against similarly matched men.
Whether familiar or esoteric, the research in this book are fascinating and well assembled as well as compelling. The prose is clear and entertaining. This is a book for learning more about the human condition. I believe the information in this book can be useful, and the reading is a pleasure. And if you are planning to have a room with potentially violent people in it, paint it Drunk Tank Pink, a "non-drug anesthetic."
However, I found myself often wondering if the results of this test or that were replicated by other scientists and whether the change in behaviors were statistically significant. Given the seriousness of some of the claims (especially those around discrimination), more careful evaluation is warranted.