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Think Smart

Author : Richard M. Restak
ISBN : 1594488738
Genre : Psychology
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In Think Smart, the renowned neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Richard Restak details how each of us can improve and tone our body's most powerful organ: the brain. As a renowned expert on the brain, Restak knows that in the last five years there have been exciting new scientific discoveries about the brain and its performance. So he's asked his colleagues-many of them the world's leading brain scientists and researchers-one important question: What can I do to help my brain work more efficiently? Their surprising-and remarkably feasible-answers are at the heart of Think Smart. Restak combines advice culled from cutting-edge research with brain-tuning exercises to show how individuals of any age can make their brain work more effectively.

Mozart S Brain And The Fighter Pilot

Author : Richard Restak, M.D.
ISBN : 9780307421302
Genre : Self-Help
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In Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot, eminent neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author Richard Restak, M.D., combines the latest research in neurology and psychology to show us how to get our brain up to speed for managing every aspect of our busy lives. Everything we think and everything we choose to do alters our brain and fundamentally changes who we are, a process that continues until the end of our lives. Few people think of the brain as being susceptible to change in its actual structure, but in fact we can preselect the kind of brain we will have by continually exposing ourselves to rich and varied life experiences. Unlike other organs that eventually wear out with repeated and sustained use, the brain actually improves the more we challenge it. Most of us incorporate some kind of physical exercise into our daily lives. We do this to improve our bodies and health and generally make us feel better. Why not do the same for the brain? The more we exercise it, the better it performs and the better we feel. Think of Restak as a personal trainer for your brain—he will help you assess your mental strengths and weaknesses, and his entertaining book will set you to thinking about the world and the people around you in a new light, providing you with improved and varied skills and capabilities. From interacting with colleagues to recognizing your own psychological makeup, from understanding the way you see something to why you’re looking at it in the first place, from explaining the cause of panic attacks to warding off performance anxiety, this book will tell you the whys and hows of the brain’s workings. Packed with practical advice and fascinating examples drawn from history, literature, and science, Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot provides twenty-eight informative and realistic steps that we can all take to improve our brainpower. From the Hardcover edition.

Science Sifting

Author : Rodney R Dietert
ISBN : 9789814407922
Genre : Science
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Science Sifting is designed primarily as a textbook for students interested in research and as a general reference book for existing career scientists. The aim of this book is to help budding scientists broaden their capacities to access and use information from diverse sources to the benefit of their research careers. The book describes why the capacity to access and integrate both linear and nonlinear information has been an important historic feature of pivotal scientific breakthroughs. Yet, it is a process that our students are rarely, if ever, taught in universities. This book goes beyond simply describing the features of great scientific breakthroughs. It discusses the basis for accessing and using nonlinear information in the linear research context. It also provides a series of tools and exercises that can be used to enhance access to nonlinear information for application to research and other endeavors. Topics covered include focal points in scientific breakthroughs, the use of concepts maps in research, use of different vantage points, information as patterns, fractals for the scientist, memory storage and access points, and synchronicities. Young researchers need useful tools to help with a more holistic approach to their research careers. This book provides the useful tools to support flexibility and creativity across a long-term research career. Roald Hoffmann — Winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry — has contributed the Foreword to Science Sifting. More information on Professor Hoffmann can be found at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1981/hoffmann-autobio.html. Contents:Introduction and Orientation to Science SiftingDuality and the Creative ScientistMoments of Scientific and Technological DiscoveryPreparing for a Fulfilling Research CareerInformational PatternsFocus on Creativity and InnovationMind Your LanguagePerceiving Your RealityBody of Work: Managing Your Greatest ToolCreative SpacesVantage Points and Gaining Multiple PerspectivesMapping Information TerrainsPattern Jumping and Lateral ThinkingSynchronicitySandman Science: Science Sifting During SleepMeditation: Ohming Up or Getting Down with the Real You?The Neutral Observer: Letting Go of Drama, Ego, and AttachmentsPlay Like You Mean ItStriking a Chord of Creativity: The Art of ScienceSumming it UpReferences Readership: Professional scientists, students and young researchers. Keywords:Science Research;Technology;Careers;Career Thinking;Training;Subconscious;Analytical;Breakthroughs;Instincts;Conscious;Subconscious;Left-Brain;Right Brain;Body Memory;Multiple Intelligence;Vantage Points;Perspectives;Concept Maps;Nonlinearity;Patterns;Fractals;Learning Processes;Information Storage;Information Access;Educational Models;Research Funding;Personal Satisfication;Career AdaptabilityKey Features:Directed toward students interested in research and present researchers who want to access, sift through, and utilize a broader array of information in their future careersProvides educational background, tools and exercises that are useful for flexible and creative thinking and broader information utilization as can be applied to researchGeared to help the budding scientific researcher embark on a long-term satisfying, productive, and creative careerReviews: "Professor and Mrs Rodney Dietert present 18 strategies for enhancing creativity and improving research that can be applied in any discipline and in corporations. Based on Professor Dietert's 30 years as a research scientist and educator, the strategies are illustrated with descriptions of successful applications and suggestions for acquiring skills in using the strategies. The authors show how to ‘sift the gold’ using these strategies to improve research and education." For a more detailed review, please see Review of Rodney and Janice Dietert's Science Sifting. Joseph D Novak Professor Emeritus Cornell University "The Dietert team has re-defined creativity in their new book Science Sifting. This book provides an understanding of scientific creativity and a framework that permits these creative scientific paths to be learned and become attainable. Science Sifting is a valuable resource for readers who want to incorporate creativity and innovation as part of their career development." Gary R Burleson, PhD President and CEO Burleson Research Technologies, Inc. (BRT) "This is an excellent book that covers new ground, describing innovative approaches that scientists can use to enhance their research. I would recommend this book for scientists both early in their research career as well as for established scientists looking for novel approaches to invigorate their research." Russ Hauser MD, ScD, MPH Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Harvard Medical School "Science Sifting offers unique insights into the process of discovery, innovation and re-discovery that is fundamentally integral to researchers, technologists, and entrepreneurs. As we learn about our world through the art of observation and science of experimentation, we create conceptual and contextual models that help us understand the elements and challenges of our discovered world. Science Sifting helps us gain a broader perspective of our observations, identify solutions to the challenges we encounter, and sometimes discover entirely new paradigms through lateral thinking and leaps of understanding. Science Sifting helps us all discover and re-discover our innovative and creative inner selves through a combination of quiet observation, mindful meditation and creative improvisation." Lloyd Spencer CEO CoroWare, Inc. "To help scientists access information from diverse sources to benefit their research careers … Designed primarily as a textbook, the book offers general strategies and specific tools to promote scientific creativity and facilitate a career in research." For a more detailed review, please see http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/07/new-book-teaches-scientific-creativity. Susan S Lang Cornell Chronicle "It certainly provides a different perspective to research discovery, which challenges the viewpoints of traditional researchers. The book may be of interest to new and established researchers to enhance their creativity. The tools presented challenge researchers to think in different ways, which may not seem scientific in character and researchers will have to embrace the tools with an open mind to take advantage of the ideas proposed."; For a more detailed review, please see http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2013/10/science-sifting-rodney-janice-dietert. Chemistry World “In their book the Dieterts record many such historical instances to underscore the importance of adding intuition to the mix when interpreting experimental results in science. The book also includes numerous exercises for fostering intuition, innovation and creativity. This is a fine book, and a pioneering book in many ways … every reader, I believe, will come away from this book well satisfied, and with some new and useful insights to ponder. The Dieterts are to be congratulated on having succeeded so well in such an ambitious undertaking.” History Scotland Magazine “A new book by Cornell faculty member Dr. Rodney Dietert and his wife, Janice, offers a plethora of strategies and tools scientists can use to inspire fresh ideas that could augment their work, raise research out of stubborn ruts, or spawn entirely new studies.” Cornell Veterinary College (http://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/creativity.cfm) (http://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/dietert.cfm) “The authors' work is featured in a documentary film (MicroBirth) scheduled to premiere in September 2014. Here is a snippet: (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/microbirth).”

Neuromania

Author : Paolo Legrenzi
ISBN : 9780199591343
Genre : Philosophy
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Neuroeconomics, neuromarketing, neuroaesthetics, and neurotheology are just a few of the novel disciplines that have been inspired by a combination of ancient knowledge together with recent discoveries about how the human brain works. The mass media are full of news items featuring colour photos of the brain, that show us the precise location in which a certain thought or emotion, or even love occurs, hence leading us to believe that we can directly observe, withno mediation, the brain at work. But is this really so? This fascinating, accessible, and thought provoking new book questions our obsession with brain imaging. Written by two highly experienced psychologists, it discusses some of the familiar ideas usually associated wtih mind-body,

Brain Culture

Author : Davi Johnson Thornton
ISBN : 9780813550121
Genre : Business & Economics
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Brain Culture investigates the American obsession with the health of the brain. Davi Johnson Thornton looks at familiar messages, tracing how brain science and colorful brain images produced by scientific technologies are taken up and distributed in popular media. She tracks the message that, "you are your brain" across multiple contemporary contexts, analyzing its influence on child development, family life, education, and public policy. Our fixation on the brain is not simply a reaction to scientific progress, but a cultural phenomenon tied to values of individualism and limitless achievement.

The Better Brain Book

Author : David Perlmutter
ISBN : 9781101218068
Genre : Self-Help
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From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain and New York Times bestseller Brain Maker... Loss of memory is not a natural part of aging—and this book explains why. Celebrated neurologist David Perlmutter reveals how everyday memory-loss—misplacing car keys, forgetting a name, losing concentration in meetings—is actually a warning sign of a distressed brain. Here he and Carol Colman offer a simple plan for repairing those problems, clarifying misconstrued connections between memory loss and aging, and regaining and maintaining mental clarity by offering the tools for: Building a better brain through nutrition, lifestyle changes, and brain workouts Coping with specific brain disorders such as stroke, vascular dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig's disease Understanding risk factors and individually tailoring a diet and supplementary program Features a "Life Style Audit," quizzes, a brain fitness program with the most effective ways to exercise your brain, and a nutritional program that details the best brain food and supplements. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Curious

Author : Todd Kashdan, PhD
ISBN : 9780061864421
Genre : Self-Help
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“Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world.” —Arianna Huffington “This is the perfect book to read when you are having second thoughts about challenging yourself to explore that next step in life!” —Stephen Post, Ph.D., coauthor of Why Good Things Happen to Good People Discover the missing ingredient to a fulfilling life with Curious? In this fascinating, enlightening volume, renowned psychology professor Todd Kashdan reveals how cultivating curiosity is the road to happy, healthy, and meaningful living and the true key to falling in love with life.

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