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Table of Contents

I. IN THE BEGINNING 1. Primitive Predictions 2. The Genes in All of Us 3. Strange Situations: Growing up in a Thin-Sliced World II. HOW WE SIZE UP OTHERS 4. Who Are You Anyway? 5. The Targets of Our Attraction III. LOVE AND LIES 6. From Dating to Mating 7. Detecting Deception IV. MAKING THE GRADE: EDUCATION, BUSINESS, AND POLITICS 8. The Power of Enthusiasm 9. Catching the Cues of the Cash Cow 10. Political Punditry: Any Kid Can Do It Conclusion: The Importance of Predictive Humility

About the Author

Matthew Hertenstein is an associate professor of psychology at DePauw University in Indiana. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his work on non-verbal communication has been featured on national and international television and radio, including the Today Show, ABC News, NPR, and the BBC, and in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Esquire, Prevention, The Economist, Psychology Today, Scientific American Mind, and The Guardian (UK).


"An enjoyable read, particularly for nonspecialists; researchers who aspire to write for a popular audience can learn from the author's confident and informative writing style." --CHOICE "[W]ritten in a style that could have appeared in an article in The New York Times Magazine... The Tell is both entertaining and fascinating, full of interesting information about human beings and their behavior." --PsycCRITIQUES "Verdict: Extremely relatable to the lay reader while still accessing an incredible amount of peer-reviewed scholarship, Hertenstein's work is perhaps the most comprehensive explanation of the correlation of nonverbal communication to genetics and behavior available today. Despite its nonacademic tone, this book has much to teach any reader." --Library Journal Review (Starred Review) "An entertaining look at our oft-maligned intuitive capabilities, offering useful tips on how we may sharpen our powers of observation and increase the accuracy of our predictions." --Kirkus Reviews "Fascinating... The Tell succeeds as an engaging tour through current work in the science of behavior by a young psychologist who has the makings of a leading contributor to his field." --Shelf Awareness "The Tell is highly recommended." --Style Magazine "Entertaining...in the Malcolm Gladwell-ian tradition." --Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life "Those curious to learn about the powers of observation and the unconscious mind should definitely put this book on their to-read list." --Quick Book Reviews "Lively and engaging... Hertenstein offers much material to ponder and suggests that we embrace the power of these tools for helping us predict behavior." --Publishers Weekly "The human brain, some have said, is a prediction machine. Sometimes our forecasts go awry, of course. But often our astonishing ability to predict helps us navigate our complex physical, social, and emotional environments. In this fascinating book, Matthew Hertenstein unpacks the secrets of our predictive abilities and shows how we can hone those abilities to become better judges of people and situations. The Tell is one of the year's essential reads." --Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind

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