Drunk Tank Pink

Pages: 272
Subject: Psychology
Imprint: Oneworld

Drunk Tank Pink

The Subconscious Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

Adam Alter

'The best science book I've read all year... really provocative.' Malcolm Gladwell
9781780745831 (2 Oct 2014)
RRP £10.99

The Book

'Drunk Tank Pink' is a particular shade of pink. In 1979 psychologists discovered that it has an extraordinary effect: if you stare at it for two minutes, you dramatically weaken in strength.

In this brilliant study of the strange recesses of our minds, Adam Alter reveals the world is full of such hidden forces that shape our every thought, feeling and behaviour – without us ever realizing.

  • Some letters in product names make us more likely to buy them (nearly all successful brands contain a 'k' sound)

  • We're more likely to be critical if we write in red rather than green biro

  • Your first report at school can determine your future career

Understanding these cues is key to smarter decision-making, more effective marketing, and better outcomes for our selves and our societies. Prepare for the most astounding and fast-paced psychology book since Blink and Predictably Irrational.

Additional Information

Subject Psychology
Pages 272
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Adam Alter is marketing professor at New York University. His research focuses on decision making and social psychology, and has been published in leading psychology journals and featured in popular media across the world.


'Reading Adam Alter's book will change the way you look at our world.'

- Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational

'I've read lots of books about how the brain can be tricked and how the things we think we see are not necessarily the things we are looking at. This is one of the best.'

- William Leith, Evening Standard

'The best science book I've read all year...really provocative.'

- New York Times

" A fantastic introduction to the wealth of weird and wonderful psychology research that is out there."

- Focus magazine