Summary of The Nurture Effect

How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives & Our World

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Modern behavioral sciences can improve society by fostering the more “nurturing” world that people fundamentally need.


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Social scientist Anthony Biglan offers a focused synthesis of 40 years of research to explain why and how people can improve themselves, their families and society by becoming more “nurturing.” He argues that evolution shows humans to be uniquely social and collaborative, and that contemporary inquiries into behavior suggest that people need their world to be more nurturing. Biglan occasionally indulges in jargon, and he reflects an idealism that may regard people and policy makers as unrealistically kind and rational. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his professional advocacy of a nicer, gentler society to HR managers, business owners, teachers, parents, policy makers and anyone interested in how people function and why caring relationships are the foundation of social change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What behavioral sciences reveal about human nature,
  • Why society should be more “nurturing” and
  • How to achieve that goal.


Behavioral Sciences
The physical sciences changed the world with such advances as commercial flight and better public health. In recent decades, the behavioral sciences also advanced society in positive ways. They produced programs and practical tactics for helping people, families, public...
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About the Author

Anthony Biglan, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and an authority in using prevention science to support nurturing families, schools and communities.

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    Austin Lieber 2 years ago
    This summary is pretty good at discussing the main topics within the book, but it misses some very crucial information necessary for ... say taking an exam or something like that

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