Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention

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LEARN THE SECRET TO CAPTIVATING YOUR AUDIENCE.
In Captivology, award-winning journalist, author, entrepreneur and investor Ben Parr (Forbes 30 Under 30) presents a new understanding of attention -- how it works, why it matters, and how we leverage psychological triggers to draw and retain attention for our passions, projects, and ideas.

Parr combines the latest research on attention with interviews with more than fifty scientists and visionaries--Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, film director Steven Soderbergh, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, magician David Copperfield, New York Times bestselling author Susan Cain, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, and more--who have successfully brought their ideas, projects, companies, and products to the forefront of cultural consciousness. 
The result is an insightful and practical book that will change how you assign jobs to your kids or staff, craft a multi-million dollar ad campaign, deliver your next presentation, attract users to your product, or convince the world to support your cause.

AS FEATURED IN: MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, New York Post, Washington Post, Business Insider, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, NPR and more.
"Throughout the book, Parr keeps readers engaged, amused and focused, proving that the science of Captivology works." - Success Magazine

"Sensible... Spryly written... [Captivology] is a worthwhile read, if you can concentrate your mind." - Financial Times

"Parr gets it: To succeed in a world where attention is scarce, captivating audiences at every level is a skill that everyone needs. Captivology will show you how to capture other people's attention, whether you are teacher, entrepreneur, musician, or simply a dreamer with a big idea." - Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil)

"The Internet has made it easier to communicate but also more challenging to be heard. Ben Parr's Captivology applies recent discoveries in psychology and neuroscience to the attention economy so that anyone can rise over the crowd and stand out." - Craig Newmark, founder, Craigslist)

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From the Author:

"Attention is the fundamental currency and lifeblood of the modern economy. Teachers can't get anything done without the attention of their students. Charities can't survive without the attention of donors. Entrepreneurs need the attention of users and customers.

That's why I wrote Captivology: to help everybody capture attention for their passions, projects and ideas. This book will teach you the real science behind attention and how that utilize that knowledge effectively for whatever you're passionate about. That's why I analyzed more than 1,000 research studies and interviewed dozens of researchers and thought leaders to uncover the science of attention.

I firmly believe Captivology can change the world for the better. I hope you'll take a chance and read my book."

~ Ben

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Why are we captivated by sites like Facebook and Instagram, but couldn't care less about MySpace? Why do some musicians grow as popular as Beyoncé, while others never make the charts? Why do some nonprofits, such as Charity: Water, succeed in getting our donations, while other charities are ineffective? And why can't anyone seem to ever get the attention of their kids?

In Captivology, Ben Parr, former editor of Mashable and cofounder of DominateFund, reveals how and why our mind pays attention to some events, ideas, or people and not others. Vividly bringing to life the stories of en-trepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, thought leaders, political strategists, magicians, and other masters of attention, Parr presents a new understanding of how attention works and identifies seven captivation triggers—techniques guaranteed to help you capture and retain the attention of friends, colleagues, customers, fans, and even strangers. These triggers spark our brain's attention response systems by appealing to fundamental aspects of human nature.

Combining the latest scientific research with interviews of visionaries who have successfully brought attention to their ideas, projects, and companies (Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, film director Steven Soderbergh, LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner, New York Times bestselling author Susan Cain, and more), Parr makes the case that you can rise above the noisy crowd and be heard—without having to shout.

Insightful and practical, Captivology will change how you tell your kid to clean her room, deliver your next presentation, con-vince the world to support your cause, or attract users to your product.

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