Thinking, Fast and Slow
Paperback ISBN: 0374533555
A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist draws on years of research to introduce his "machinery of the mind" model on human decision making to reveal the faults and capabilities of intuitive versus logical thinking, providing insights into such topics as optimism, the unpredictability of happiness and the psychological pitfalls of risk-taking.
Reader, Come Home
The Reading Brain in a Digital World
Paperback ISBN: 0062388770
From the author of Proust and the Squid, a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative epistolary book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies. A decade ago, Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid revealed what we know about how the brain learns to read and how reading changes the way we think and feel. Since then, the ways we process written language have changed dramatically with many concerned about both their own changes and that of children. New research on the reading brain chronicles these changes in the brains of children and adults as they learn to read while immersed in a digitally dominated medium. Drawing deeply on this research, this book comprises a series of letters Wolf writes to us—her beloved readers—to describe her concerns and her hopes about what is happening to the reading brain as it unavoidably changes to adapt to digital mediums. Wolf raises difficult questions, including: - Will children learn to incorporate the full range of "deep reading" processes that are at the core of the expert reading brain? - Will the mix of a seemingly infinite set of distractions for children’s attention and their quick access to immediate, voluminous information alter their ability to think for themselves? - With information at their fingertips, will the next generation learn to build their own storehouse of knowledge, which could impede the ability to make analogies and draw inferences from what they know? - Will all these influences, in turn, change the formation in children and the use in adults of "slower" cognitive processes like critical thinking, personal reflection, imagination, and empathy that comprise deep reading and that influence both how we think and how we live our lives? - Will the chain of digital influences ultimately influence the use of the critical analytical and empathic capacities necessary for a democratic society? - How can we preserve deep reading processes in future iterations of the reading brain? - Who are the "good readers" of every epoch? Concerns about attention span, critical reasoning, and over-reliance on technology are never just about children—Wolf herself has found that, though she is a reading expert, her ability to read deeply has been impacted as she has become, inevitably, increasingly dependent on screens. Wolf draws on neuroscience, literature, education, technology, and philosophy and blends historical, literary, and scientific facts with down-to-earth examples and warm anecdotes to illuminate complex ideas that culminate in a proposal for a biliterate reading brain. Provocative and intriguing, Reader, Come Home is a roadmap that provides a cautionary but hopeful perspective on the impact of technology on our brains and our most essential intellectual capacities—and what this could mean for our future.
The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0316010669
Draws on a range of case studies to explore the process by which people make decisions, explaining how the difference between good and bad decision making is directly related to the details on which people focus, and counsels readers on how to become better decision makers in every aspect of life. Reprint.
What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To
Paperback ISBN: 1416596186
Explains the brain science behind why some people "choke" under pressure, examining how attention and working memory guide human performance; how experience, practice, and brain development interact; and how these interconnected elements react to stress.
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent
Living the Art of Allowing
Paperback ISBN: 1401906966
A unique guide reveals that balancing one's energy is more significant than goal-setting or focusing on one's desires, allowing individuals to achieve their goals while enjoying every step along the path before their manifestation. Original.
Animals In Translation
Using The Mysteries Of Autism To Decode Animal Behavior
Paperback ISBN: 0156031442
An animal scientist draws on her experience as an autistic to identify commonalities between animals and autistics, offering insight into how animals process sensory information and how they often possess unrecognized talents.
The Secret Life of the Mind
How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides
Hardcover ISBN: 0316549622
From one of the world's leading neuroscientists comes a deeply engaging trip into the depths of the human mind. In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman offers a grand yet concise survey of everything you ever wanted to know about how the mind works, from the perspective of his own journey. From research proving that, even as infants, we are able to form notions of mathematics, language, and morality, to how years and years of formal and informal education can fundamentally change our brains and how we experience the world, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND is an accessible and fascinating overview of neuroscience that will help readers begin to understand even the smallest things that make up who we are. Personal, surprising, and delightfully illuminating, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MIND is an intimate look into our most intimate selves.
Tools for Smart Thinking
Paperback ISBN: 0374536244
A renowned psychology expert offers a tool kit for thinking more clearly and making better decisions, explaining how to reframe problems using simplified concepts from science and statistics including the law of large numbers, statistical regression, cost-benefit analysis and causation and correlation.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Paperback ISBN: 0393353664
A groundbreaking work on animal intelligence explores the intricate and complex nature of the animal mind, discussing how the study of animal cognition has revealed how humans have underestimated animals' intellectual abilities.