New Books in Psychology

Interviews with Psychologists about their New Books


episode 108: Emily Balcetis, "Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World" (Ballantine Books, 2020)

How can we improve our productivity by literally seeing the world differently than before?

Today I talked to Emily Balcetis about her new book Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World (Ballantine Books, 2020)

Balcetis is an associate professor psychology at New York University. She received her PhD from Cornell University and has authored over 70 scientific publications in addition to being a TED speaker.

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What are the four general perceptual shifts that research suggest make a huge difference in improving our odds of success in tackling projects and other initiatives.
  • Which emotion or emotions may best fit or spur on each of those four strategies.
  • Of all the research studies that went into this book, which one is Balcetis’s favorite. Why did this optical “trick” lead to double-digit growth in the likelihood of making progress.

To get a transcript of this episode, click here.

Dan Hill, PhD, is the author of eight books and leads Sensory Logic, Inc. ( To check out his “Faces of the Week” blog, visit

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 2020-06-25  41m