Check This Book Out! Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

jacketWhy do we linger on a news channel’s horrific story or slow down to see a car accident while driving? Why do we pick up gossip magazines to read about a new celebrity divorce rumor?  The past twenty years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions.  Professor Jim Davies’ fascinating book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling.

Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

Find this book and other new books on the shelves outside the Quiet Reading Room in the Prairie State College library!

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