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The Nurture Effect
- How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World
- Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
- Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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A fascinating look at the evolution of behavioral science, the revolutionary way it's changing the way we live, and how nurturing environments can increase people's well-being in virtually every aspect of our society, from early childhood education to corporate practices. If you want to know how you can help create a better world, listen to this book.
What if there were a way to prevent criminal behavior, mental illness, drug abuse, poverty, and violence? Written by behavioral scientist Tony Biglan, and based on his ongoing research at the Oregon Research Institute, The Nurture Effect offers evidence-based interventions that can prevent many of the psychological and behavioral problems that plague our society.
For decades behavioral scientists have investigated the role our environment plays in shaping who we are, and their research shows that we now have the power within our own hands to reduce violence, improve cognitive development in our children, increase levels of education and income, and even prevent future criminal behaviors. By cultivating a positive environment in all aspects of society - from the home to the classroom and beyond - we can ensure that young people arrive at adulthood with the skills, interests, assets, and habits needed to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.
The Nurture Effect details over 40 years of research in the behavioral sciences as well as the author's own research. Biglan illustrates how his findings lay the framework for a model of societal change that has the potential to reverberate through all environments within society.
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- Alex McCurdy
Behavioral Science Applied
Biglan has a broad understanding of the extensive evidence for large-scale preventative interventions aimed at improving lives in our society. He also does a fine job explaining the historical underpinnings of behavioral psychology. More work like this is needed in the world.
7 people found this helpful
I really do enjoy this book. It absolutely aligned with my studies in Applied Behavior Analysis. He mentions how positive reinforcement provides a positive outlook in certain situations that can effect an individual later in life. I will definitely use this book as a reference in my field.
4 people found this helpful
- Crystal Faircloth
Dr. Biglan gives wonderful, evidence-based insight on practical ways to be a better human. I’m a behavior analyst, following in the same science that Dr. Biglan describes. The information is relevant to behavior scientists and those who are not well-versed in the behavioral tradition. One of the many aspects I love about his work is how easy it is to consume. Thank you, Dr. Biglan for your contribution and disseminating practical ways to use ACT in everyday ways.