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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clifford Nass, Corina Yen Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781596596665
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Lying to a laptop so we don't hurt its feelings; yelling at a GPS in frustration; feeling flattered by random praise from a computer-people act strangely around artificial intelligence.

Stranger still that how we act around computers is so similar to how we act towards other people, and that we can learn a lot about human interaction from how we respond to computers.

Pioneering researcher Clifford Nass has done numerous experiments centered around human/computer interaction that not only expose the similarities between how we act towards technology and how we act toward people, but illuminate the surprising nature of person-to-person interactions.

Nass has been able to show that, from flattery to empathy to loyalty, many aspects of human behavior and emotion are identical whether we're dealing with computers or people. Based on his findings, Nass has developed rules for successful relationships in any area of life. For instance:


  • Don't smile to soften criticism-match your delivery to your content for best results
  • Crack jokes-innocent humor makes people happier with their work without harming their efficiency (and the joke doesn't even have to be funny!)
  • Empathize-acting happy around a sad person (or vice versa) makes that person perform demonstrably worse at task


The way we treat computers has deep ramifications for everything from praise and criticism to credibility to team-building. Nass is pushing into the next frontier of behavioral science. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If Dale Carnegie had been a Google engineer, this is how he would have written How to Win Friends and Influence People. Cliff Nass shows us how much we can learn about people by understanding how people interact with computers.”

    Chip Heath, coauthor of Switch and Made to Stick

  • “With the help of real experiments, rather than anecdotes or impressions, Clifford Nass uses people's interactions with computers as a window into social and professional life. The book is filled with insights about an increasingly important part of our lives.”

    Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Stuff of Thought

  • “With engaging illustrations and compelling evidence, Clifford Nass shows how interactions with our most advanced machines reveal our most primitive workings.”

    Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice

  • The Man Who Lied to His Laptop is brilliantly accessible and will give you breakthrough insights about the single most important secret to success in business and life-building better relationships! This book is a must-read for every leader in these turbulent times.”

    Mark Thompson, coauthor of Success Built to Last

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About the Author

Clifford Nass is the Thomas M. Storke Professor at Stanford University and director of the Communication between Humans and Interactive Media Lab. A highly sought-after consultant, Nass has applied his research to over 250 media products and services for companies including Microsoft, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Philips, Sony, Time-Warner, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity. He is the author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop and currently lives in Silicon Valley.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.