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Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior

Author: Geoffrey Miller

Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 0143117238
ISBN 13: 978-0143117230

Publisher: Viking Adult
ISBN 10: 0670020621
ISBN 13: 978-0670020621

A leading evolutionary psychologist probes the unconscious instincts behind American consumer culture

Illuminating the hidden reasons for why we buy what we do, Spent applies evolutionary psychology to the sensual wonderland of marketing and perceived status that is American consumer culture. Geoffrey Miller starts with the theory that we purchase things to advertise ourselves to others, and then examines other factors that dictate what we spend money on. With humor and insight, Miller analyzes an array of product choices and deciphers what our decisions say about ourselves, giving us access to a new way of understanding-and improving-our behaviors to become happier consumers.