Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life
The author of the bestselling What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite delivers 30 science-based actions to enrich your life. Science writer and bestselling author David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and communications, DiSalvo replaces self-help with "science-help," giving readers practical steps to change their thinking and their lives. Known for his accessibility and applicable findings, DiSalvo explains that the human mind operates via a series of "feedback loops" generated in the brain. By identifying how these systems work, DiSalvo shows we can actually redirect our thinking through metacognition, a tool for thinking about thinking, to influence the brain's response. Using relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, DiSalvo demonstrates how the brain's enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act--a powerful tool we can control to change our lives.
"A superb practical primer for thinking about thinking." --Robert Burton, MD, author of "On Being Certain" and "A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind" "Forget the self-help mumbo jumbo, DiSalvo boils down decades of actual research from psychological laboratories while giving us proven, scientist-approved tips on how to easily harness our maximum brainpower. From chewing gum, to writing our own obituaries to gargling with lemonade, you'll be amazed by the many ways you can rev up that powerful engine puttering along in your cranium." --Jesse Bering, PhD, author of "The Belief Instinct" and contributor to "Scientific American" and "Slate" magazine "David DiSalvo will change the way you think about your own thinking, and in the process provide you with practical tools for keeping life's challenges in perspective." --Wray Herbert, author of "On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits" "DiSalvo beautifully breaks down metacognition -- our ability to reflect back upon our own thought processes - and, just as capably, lays out all the ways in which it can be sharpened for greater psychological well-being. An engaging and scientifically-grounded read." --Alice G. Walton, PhD, contributing writer to the American Psychological Association and "Forbes" magazine "An awareness of the under-the-surface workings of your own brain helps you adapt wisely to challenging circumstances, and "Brain Changer" offers just such an awareness. Using anecdotes, diagrams, bullet points, and smart tips, DiSalvo shows you how to exert more conscious control over your own thinking processes for better problem-solving and decision-making. Great for psych students and everyone at an impasse in their lives." --Susan K. Perry, PhD, author of "Writing in Flow" and creativity blogger at PsychologyToday.com "I believe the greatest competitive advantage any professional can gain today is a better understanding of how to leverage brainpower. Not
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