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Honest signals : how they shape our world

Author: Alex Pentland; Tracy Heibeck
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How can you know when someone is bluffing? Paying attention? Genuinely interested? The answer, writes Sandy Pentland in Honest Signals, is that subtle patterns in how we interact with other people reveal our attitudes toward them. These unconscious social signals are not just a back channel or a complement to our conscious language; they form a separate communication network. Biologically based "honest signaling,"  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Pentland; Tracy Heibeck
ISBN: 0262162563 9780262162562
OCLC Number: 216938358
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xvii, 184 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: A God's eye view --
Honest signals --
Social roles --
Reading people --
Survival signals --
Network intelligence --
Sensible organizations --
Sensible societies.
Responsibility: Alex (Sandy) Pentland ; with Tracy Heibeck.
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How understanding the signaling within social networks can change the way we make decisions, work with others, and manage organizations.  Read more...

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"Pentland's lucid treatment of complicated psychobiological principles effectively enables lay readers to grasp difficult but significant concepts... Similar in scope to Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Read more...

 
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