The Leap

The Science of Trust and Why It Matters
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN5875
Released: Sep 16, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781480588851
Narrator/s: Jeff Cummings
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Bestselling author Ulrich Boser explores how we and the institutions we rely on have much to gain from emphasizing and rebuilding trust. Trust is central to almost every human interaction-and even small attempts to improve our faith in others can have a big payoff. People who trust more are happier, live longer, and even have more sex. To examine how and why we trust, Ulrich Boser visits a radio soap opera in Rwanda that aims to restore a nation's broken faith and talks to the man who brought honesty back to one of the most corrupt cities in Latin America. He tests out oxytocin, the "trust hormone," and has scientists evaluate his brain as he competes in a cooperation game. He even jumps out of an airplane to better understand his trust in others. The result is a surprising narrative that will appeal to a wide audience, including readers who enjoy books like Nudge, Willpower, and Moonwalking with Einstein. The Leap uses science and psychology to illustrate how trust contributes to personal longevity and a sense of fulfillment, and how we can take active steps to restore trust in our lives and in our culture

Professional reviews

"With his relaxed enunciation and vocal clarity, narrator Jeff Cummings conveys enthusiasm that will help listeners savor this book's analytical writing and captivating storytelling. His respectful, moderated enthusiasm never competes with the author's careful research. The author looks methodically at the dynamics of trust by citing the importance of factors like social status, personal connections, brain chemistry, and instinctual reactions. He offers fascinating vignettes on phenomena such as how con men inspire trust and how people recover from mass breaches of trust such as those that occurred in Rwanda and Nazi Germany. The author's perspectives on power and the destructive effects of political extremism are chillingly familiar yet convey optimism that we can improve society in the current climate of simplistic rhetoric and easy violence. T.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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