Intelligence

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.

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College

How do children think? This is one of the major questions faced by every parent. Today’s parents try all manner of strategies to raise kids that are smart, happy, and confident, but this book digs into the inner workings of a child’s brain at different stages of development to sort through which things are mere marketing mumbo jumbo and what really works. Welcome to Your Child’s Brain offers applicable advice (some of which may surprise you) and dispels commonly held myths in favor of reliable scientific evidence.

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 Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspiring Stories of Pioneering Brain Transformation

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, a woman who grew up with severe learning disabilities, did something incredible: she figured out a way to “fix” her brain and dramatically reduce those disabilities. And, by founding the Arrowsmith School, she has helped many others do the same. Read this book to see how she harnessed her brain’s natural plasticity and actively shaped its development, for the better.

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

The remarkable Temple Grandin—college professor, bestselling author, and well-known autistic adult—has written a new book detailing the latest in autism research. With co-author Richard Panek, she discusses recent breakthroughs in autism research and weaves it into her personal experiences living with autism. This is a phenomenally interesting book for anyone interested in learning more about autism, its symptoms and hallmarks, and its possible causes and treatments.

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.

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