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The Nature of Competition

Summary: Discover the hidden scientific factors responsible for triumphs and failures.
Air Date: 4/6/13
Duration: 60
Host: Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Ashley Merryman
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are the authors of the New York Times bestseller NurtureShock: New Thinking about Children. Additionally, they've written for Newsweek, New York, the Guardian, and numerous other publications. For their reporting, Bronson and Merryman have won nine national awards, including PEN Center USA Literary Award for Journalism; the American Association for the Advancement for Science (AAAS) Award for Science Journalism; an "Audie" from the Audio Publishers Association; and two Clarion Awards. Their new book is TOP DOG: The Science of Winning and Losing will be published by Twelve on February 19, 2013.

Merryman has also written for Time, the Washington Post, and the Daily Beast. Merryman lives in Los Angeles. an attorney, she previously served in the Clinton administration and currently volunteers as the head of a small inner-city tutoring program. Merryman's work has appeared in Newsweek, Time, New York, the Washington Post and many other publications.Merryman holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University's Law Center, and a Certificate in Irish Studies from Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Book Title: Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing
The Nature of Competition
What separates winners from losers?

Tune in to Ashley Merryman, co-author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. Using science to discover the hidden factors responsible for triumphs and failures, this book offers revealing insights into the nature of competition.

Find out why home-field advantage is so important, why stars on a sports team deserve special treatment, and why younger siblings are more competitive than first-borns. More importantly, this book will help you understand your own personal competitive style and learn how to tip the odds of success in your favor.

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