Efficiency and productivity

Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives

As our population expands, we will need to build houses, office buildings, parks, and other spaces, both public and private, to keep up. But what kinds of places should we build? Architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen takes the reader on a trip to architectural treasures and horrors, calling on research in neuroscience, anthropology, and psychology to understand how our built environment shapes human perception and cognition.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin, the New York Times bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music, is back with his take on another fascinating topic: information overload. He discusses people who are particularly skilled at wading through the constant deluge of information we receive in our lives. Then, he weaves their stories with neuroscience research findings to offer suggestions to the rest of us.

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

Now a #1 New York Times bestseller, The Future of the Mind combines reality, research, and science fiction concepts to predict where we will be with our brains in the near future. Kaku has a knack for predictions and a terrific understanding of the present state of neuroscience, and his exploration of the possibilities that await us will surprise and delight you.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Want to learn how to improve your memory from a man who made it a life goal? Check out Joshua Foer's Moonwalking with Einstein. In the book, you'll find out how Foer went from being an average Joe to a finalist in the U.S.A. Memory Championships. With great content on the history of memorization, insights into how memory works in the brain, and techniques memory masters use, the book provides a wealth of fun, compelling information you'll remember long afterward reading it.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In Thinking Fast and Slow, selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Books of 2011, Daniel Kahneman describes two coexisting thinking systems in our brains: the “fast” system, responsible for our intuitive, impressionistic thoughts, and the “slow” system, responsible for our deliberate, effortful thinking. Why does our slow system so often get overruled by our fast system—even at the expense of logic and (sometimes) success and happiness?

The Winner Effect: The Neuroscience of Success and Failure

What does it really take to be a winner? Neuropsychology expert Ian Robertson seeks answers in his new book. He weaves together neuroscience findings and personal stories to look closely at how winning (or losing) can physically change the brain and affect the psyche, with long-lasting and self-reinforcing effects. Robertson's take on success and failure is presented in a compelling and engrossing manner.

Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations

How much do our expectations shape our experience? According to Chris Berdik, the way our brains obsessively focus on unknown future outcomes can have huge effects on reality and perception, and it can work for you or against you. Berdik delves into neuroscience, history, anecdote, and psychology to seek answers to how and why expectations affect us—and how we can harness their power to improve our lives.

A Calm Brain: How to Relax into a Stress-Free, High-Powered Life

In this high-stress, fast-moving, 24/7 world, it can be hard to get the brain to be quiet even for a minute. In A Calm Brain, Gayatri Devi unravels the neurology of stress and discusses how we can teach our brains to relax and calm down. Devi, a neurologist and professor, combines scientific knowledge with stories and practical, useful tips for seeking more calm in your life.

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

What is focus? By focusing on three types of focus—“inner,” “outer,” and “other”—Daniel Goleman’s new book explores how focus affects our daily activities and abilities. Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, draws on his life’s work as a psychologist and journalist to dig into scientific research, specific case studies, and his own experiences to define and describe the concepts of focus as well as sharing useful techniques for improving your focus.