The Science of Winning and Losing
What is healthy competition for children?
Why can one child rise to the occasion, while another child crumbles under pressure?
How can children not just survive short-term stress, but learn to benefit from it?
What biological and socialized factors affect how girls and boys approach risk differently?
Why are the hormones of collaboration the same hormones of competition?
How can creativity be encouraged in a competitive environment?
In their new book, New York Times bestselling authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman explore the science of competition through sports, business, politics, genetics, and neuroscience. But they also have a lot to say about education. Po Bronson will show us how to tip the odds of success in our favor—whether in school, on the playing field, or at home. Bronson reveals the hidden factors that fuel our determination, passion, and drive to compete. He argues that learning to turn competitiveness off is just as important as turning it on, and that every child can learn to compete—the competition just has to be the right kind. These days, too little of it is.
Bronson and Top Dog coauthor Ashley Merryman are also the authors of the New York Times bestseller NurtureShock. They have received the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Science Journalism, among other honors. Bronson is also the author of The Nudist on the Late Shift and What Should I Do With My Life? among other books.