The Laws of Connection

Published in UK by Canongate on 6 June 2024. Available for pre-order now!

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Published in the US by Pegasus on 4 June 2024. Available for pre-order now!
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This ground-breaking study reveals how social connections are far more important than we thought, showing us the steps we can take to build better relationships and improve our lives. To be published in June 2024 – available for pre-order now.

Social connection is as essential for our health and happiness as a balanced diet and regular exercise. It reduces our risk of stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. It enhances our creativity and adds years to our life span. Yet many of us struggle to form strong and meaningful bonds—and the problem lies not with our personalities but with a series of cognitive biases that stop us from fulfilling our social potential.



In The Laws of Connection, award-winning science writer David Robson describes the psychological barriers that lead us to keep others at a distance and offers evidence-based strategies to overcome them.


Drawing on philosophy, neuroscience, and cutting-edge psychology, Robson introduces readers to new concepts such as the liking gap, the novelty penalty, the fast-friendship procedure, the beautiful mess effect, and the Japanese art of amae. Whether we are shy or confident, introvert or extrovert, we can all build deeper relationships. The Laws of Connection shows us how.

Praise for The Laws of Connection

“A persuasive study. Robson skillfully traces the benefits of social connection down to their psychological and neuroscientific roots.”
Publishers Weekly
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"A brilliant book from a world class science synthesizer. The Laws of Connection is a masterful distillation of the latest research into the benefits of sociality. Robson unveils a series of practical, science-backed tips for forming and maintaining healthy relationships of all kinds; tips that will not just extend but possibly even save your life."
Justin Gregg, PhD, author of If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal
"The perfect antidote to modern-day isolation"
Hal Hershfield, UCLA Professor and author of Your Future Self
"David Robson is one of my favorite science writers. He strikes the perfect balance between scientific accuracy, engaging storytelling, and practical relevance. His latest book compiles the best advice to come out of the large body of research on interpersonal relations to offer a comprehensive roadmap for building connections and strengthening relationships."
Vanessa Bohns, Cornell professor and author of You Have More Influence Than You Think
"An engaging manual on what makes or breaks meaningful social connections. I was astonished at how many long-held assumptions we hold that are just plain wrong. In an era of increasing social isolation, The Laws of Connection is a necessary and timely book."
Lauren Aguirre, author of The Memory Thief and the Secrets Behind How We Remember finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
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