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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clifford Nass Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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Startling insights into persuasion, trust, empathy, and teamwork, based on how we treat our computers....

The driver was insistent: A woman should not be giving directions. Despite the customer-service rep's reassurance that the navigation system in his car wasn't actually a woman - just a computer with a female voice - the driver (and many others like him) refused to listen. There was only one person for BMW to call for help: Clifford Nass, one of the world's leading experts on how people interact with technology.

After two decades of studying problems like BMW's GPS system, Microsoft's Clippy (the most hated animated character of all time), and online evaluations that led people to lie to their laptops, Nass has developed a powerful theory: Our brains can't fundamentally distinguish between interacting with people and interacting with devices. We will protect a computer's feelings, feel flattered by a brown-nosing piece of software, and even do favors for technology that has been nice to us. All without even realizing it.

Nass has found that the most powerful strategies for working with people can be learned from watching what succeeds and fails in technology interfaces. If a computer can make friends, build teams, and calm powerful emotions, so can any of us.

Nass's studies reveal:

  • Mixing criticism with praise - a popular tactic for managers - is a destructive method of evaluation.
  • Opposites don't attract - except when one gradually changes to become more like the other.
  • Flattery works - even when the recipient knows it's flattery.
  • Team-building exercises don't build teams - but the right T-shirt can.
  • Misery loves company - but only if the company is miserable, too.

Nass's discoveries push the boundaries of both psychology and technology and provide nothing less than a new blueprint for successful human relationships.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Swaffer | 1/15/2014

    " The Man Who Lied to His Laptop is a fascinating look into the world of human computer interaction. Clifford Nass has done extensive research into the concept of computers as social actors. For several decades he has explored the idea that people interact with computers in much the same way as they interact with other humans. This goes far beyond just the simple anthropomorphization that we witness when a frustrated user says his computer is stupid or when a bank customer yells at an ATM for not giving him money. In his latest book, Nass takes his research one step further and instead of just helping computer designers understand how people interact with computers, he uses computers to help us understand how we interact with each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Watrous | 10/30/2013

    " Engrossing episodic,chapters about the bipolar experiences of a young woman ... including journal entries she and her mother wrote...during her journey from high school into college years. Insightful and well written. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Joyner | 9/28/2013

    " An interesting read with lots of insightful studies - however I disliked the author's decision to tell every anecdote as if it had happened to him. Very strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 8/19/2013

    " I'm not sure about all the claims he makes. I'm very skeptical about parts and can think of arguments against some of his propositions, but it is very thought-provoking. I had several wow moments and shared a lot of his experiments with family. I'll certainly try some of his suggestions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/23/2013

    " Nass' book covers some fascinating research. It is organized in a very coherent way, easy to follow, with good explanations of the science behind his conclusions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brookanna | 6/2/2013

    " The author kept asking the reader to accept certain things as given, which I did not think were as obvious or logical as he did. He also referenced the other books that he's written too often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 5/6/2013

    " Interesting research with surprising findings on team-buiding games, the praise/criticism/praise sandwich and emotions in the workplace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/30/2013

    " Very interesting book about our peculiarities and surprising irrationalities as human beings. Our brains are funny sometimes. We are most certainly not always "rational". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Spitzer | 10/19/2012

    " Had some awesome insights. The info wasn't as mind-boggling as say, freakonomics, but then it probably wasn't going for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/24/2012

    " Funny research studies on how humans create personal ties to their technology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 8/27/2011

    " Good, quick reqd. Stanford prof shows how research with human/computer interaction teaches much about human/human interaction. Hint: People love praise AND flattery (whether from a computer or a person). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 6/20/2011

    " I was hoping that the book would cover how machines can teach us about human relationships...like the title said. Instead it was just another book that vaguely covers personality types and a bunch of common sense situations that are IRL...where do the machines come in? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 4/10/2011

    " Had some awesome insights. The info wasn't as mind-boggling as say, freakonomics, but then it probably wasn't going for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/4/2011

    " Nass' book covers some fascinating research. It is organized in a very coherent way, easy to follow, with good explanations of the science behind his conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/13/2010

    " Computers trigger the same social instincts that we use with humans. Without realizing it, we interact with computers in fascinating ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/10/2010

    " Loving this so far! Fascinating non-fiction. Technology meets etiquette meets social science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 10/27/2010

    " An interesting read with lots of insightful studies - however I disliked the author's decision to tell every anecdote as if it had happened to him. Very strange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 10/26/2010

    " I was hoping that the book would cover how machines can teach us about human relationships...like the title said. Instead it was just another book that vaguely covers personality types and a bunch of common sense situations that are IRL...where do the machines come in? "

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