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The Secret History of Kindness

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Description for The Secret History of Kindness Hardcover. An intimate, surprising look at man's best friend and what the leading philosophies of dog training teach us about ourselves. Num Pages: 320 pages. BIC Classification: JMAL; PSVP; VSP; WNGD1. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 152 x 217 x 29. Weight in Grams: 366.

Years back, Melissa Holbrook Pierson brought home a border collie named Mercy, without a clue of how to get her to behave. Stunned after hiring a trainer whose immediate rapport with Mercy seemed magical, Pierson began delving into the techniques of positive reinforcement. She made her way to B. F. Skinner, the behavioral psychologist who started it all, the man who could train a pigeon to dance in minutes and whose research on how behavior is acquired has ramifications for military dolphin trainers, athletes, dancers, and, as he originally conceived, society at large.

To learn more, Pierson met with a ... Read more

Pierson draws surprising connections in her exploration of how kindness works to motivate all animals, including the human one.

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About Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of The Perfect Vehicle, The Place You Love Is Gone, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing and The Secret History of Kindness. She lives in Shokan, New York.

Reviews for The Secret History of Kindness
"This book reads like a novel, but it is deep science, too. A gifted and witty writer, Pierson uses a reporter’s eye to inform us of a quiet, ever-spreading transformation in society, away from force to kindness. Among the characters in this adventure are her two dogs; a founding scientist named Fred Skinner; a Navy dolphin trainer, Bob Bailey; a ... Read more

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