Books by Marianne LaFrance

Don't be deceived by the title. Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex and Politics is not about the benefits of positive thinking on the idea of “smile and the world smiles with you.” Yale social-psychologist Marianne LaFrance gathers the latest research from psychology, brain science, biology and even computer science to explain the complex nature of something so seemingly simple as a smile. In our review, we praised the author for providing “surprising insights into culture and psychology,” including the startling information that during the last two months of development, babies in the womb practice smiling. Here, LaFrance tells us more a bout smiling. Photo credit: Megan Mangum

Released: Aug. 8, 2011

"By unveiling the complexity of something as simple as a smile, the author provides surprising insights into culture and psychology."
A winning smile is widely recognized as social currency even by our primate cousins, but—as LaFrance (Psychology/Yale Univ.) shows—its meaning is not always so obvious. Read full book review >