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How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human

Hans Rocha IJzerman



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02 February 2021
A hot cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa is calming and comforting?but how can holding a warm mug affect our emotions? In Heartwarming, social psychologist Hans Rocha IJzerman explores temperature through the long lens of evolution. Besides breathing, regulating body temperature is one of the fundamental tasks for any animal. Like huddling penguins, we humans have long relied on each other to maintain our temperatures; over millennia, this instinct for thermoregulation has shaped our lives and culture. As IJzerman illuminates how temperature affects human sociality, he examines fascinating new questions: How will climate change impact society? Why are some chronically cold, and others overheated? Can thermoregulation keep relationships closer, even across distance? The answers offer new insights for all of us who want to better understand our bodies, our minds, and each other. Heartwarming takes readers on an engaging journey through the world, seen from the perspective of coldness and warmth.
By:   Hans Rocha IJzerman
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   493g
ISBN:   9781324002529
ISBN 10:   1324002522
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Hans Rocha IJzerman is an associate professor in social psychology at the Universite Grenoble Alpes and the foremost expert on social thermoregulation in humans. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Huffington Post. He lives in France.

Reviews for Heartwarming: How Our Inner Thermostat Made Us Human

Thermal regulation is one of the most obvious aspects of life governance. Why would we have invented central heating and air conditioning if it were not? Still, it always takes a back seat to eating and drinking. Hans Rocha IJzerman's informative book will change your mind. -- Antonio Damasio, author of The Strange Order of Things Hans Rocha IJzerman sticks a thermometer into every human and animal behavior to show us how much depends on outside and inside temperature. It is a surprising take that illuminates far more than you might think. -- Frans de Waal, New York Times best-selling author of Mama's Last Hug

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