I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior by R. Alexander Bentley

I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social Behavior

byR. Alexander Bentley, Mark Earls, Michael J. O'Brien

Hardcover | August 26, 2011

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Humans are, first and foremost, social creatures. And this, according to the authors of I'll Have What She's Having, shapes -- and explains -- most of our choices. We're not just blindly driven by hard-wired instincts to hunt or gather or reproduce; our decisions are based on more than "nudges" exploiting individual cognitive quirks.

I'll Have What She's Having shows us how we use the brains of others to think for us and as storage space for knowledge about the world. The story zooms out from the individual to small groups to the complexities of populations. It describes, among other things, how buzzwords propagate and how ideas spread; how the swine flu scare became an epidemic; and how focused social learning by a few gets amplified as copying by the masses. It describes how ideas, behavior, and culture spread through the simple means of doing what others do.

It is notoriously difficult to change behavior. For every "Yes We Can" political slogan, there are thousands of "Just Say No" buttons. I'll Have What She's Having offers a practical map to help us navigate the complex world of social behavior, an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand how people behave and how to begin to change things.

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Michael J. O'Brien is Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Professor of Anthropology, and Director of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. R. Alexander Bentley is Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK. Mark Earls is a London-based author and consultant on marketing, communic...
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Title:I'll Have What She's Having: Mapping Social BehaviorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.44 inPublished:August 26, 2011Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:026201615X

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[A] highly informative tool-kit for understanding the exchange of knowledge and behaviour between people and is a must-read for anyone engaged in marketing and social media. Social networks and the power of word of mouth are increasingly important today. If you have been looking for social influence models corresponding to rational decision theory and behavioral economics, this is the book for you. Insightful examples and innovative mapping of collective behavior make this a fun and must-read book.