Stress

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain

In this fascinating book, neurobiologist Douglas Fields traces “snapping” (outbreaks of rage) to a small cluster of neurons in the “hypothalamic attack region” of the brain. Throughout human history, this region has played an important role in responding to threats—and at times, it still leads to heroic actions in the face of danger. But our modern world often triggers the “snapping” reaction inappropriately. The good news is that if you can identify the triggers, you can help prevent snapping—in yourself or others.

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

In Cure, Jo Marchant takes a scientific perspective to explore the mind’s ability to heal the body. She follows the latest research from serious scientists to shed light on how our minds can be helpful in the healing process, as well as what the limitations likely are. In the end, she advocates an approach to medical healing that incorporates the best of our current technology (drugs, surgeries, and so on) while giving greater support to the potential role of the mind.

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.

What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

Why do we do things in the moment that we regret later? Why are we unable to plan for our futures in favor of doing things that only make us happy for a few moments? And why do we think we’re right in the face of overwhelming evidence we’re wrong? David Di Salvo explores this topic in his new book to shed light on the brain’s paradoxical nature. He incorporates interviews with neuroscientists and anecdotes from a variety of fields to illustrate his points. While the book is scientifically based, it still manages to be an engaging and entertaining read!

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.