Cognitive Psychology
Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language
Swearing Is Good for You
The Amazing Science of Bad Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0393356655
An irreverent and impeccably researcheddefense of our dirtiest words.
The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides
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.
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
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.
Artificial You: Ai and the Future of Your Mind
Artificial You
Ai and the Future of Your Mind
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691180148
The author, a Distinguished Scholar at the Library of Congress, presents a sober-minded philosophical exploration of what AI can and cannot achieve, in this fascinating volume that explore what the developments in AI can mean for the human mind. Illustrations.
Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind
Conscious
A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062906712
Delving into the mystery of consciousness, this mind-expanding volume is a thought-provoking and illuminating meditation on the self, intelligence and the circuitry that appear to give rise to the certainty of experience. 50,000 first printing.
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age
A Deadly Wandering
A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age
Paperback      ISBN: 006228407x
Draws on cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention to examine the impact of technology on people's lives through the story of college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving.
The Essential Difference: Male and Female Brains and the Truth About Autism
The Essential Difference
Male and Female Brains and the Truth About Autism
Paperback      ISBN: 046500556x
Draws on the author's experience in clinical practice to identify a basic, biological difference in male and female psychology, and presents evidence on gender-based brain types.
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
The Undoing Project
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393254593
Examines the history of behavioral economics, discussing the theory of Israeli psychologists who wrote the original studies undoing assumptions about the decision-making process and the influence it has had on evidence-based regulation.
The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
The World Beyond Your Head
On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
Paperback      ISBN: 0374535914
"A groundbreaking new book from the bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft In his bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind. We often complain about our fractured mental lives and feel beset by outside forces that destroy our focus and disrupt our peace of mind. Any defense against this, Crawford argues, requires that we reckon with the way attention sculpts the self. Crawford investigates the intense focus of ice hockey players and short-order chefs, the quasi-autistic behavior of gambling addicts, the familiar hassles of daily life, and the deep, slow craft of building pipe organs. He shows that our current crisis of attention is only superficially the result of digital technology, and becomes more comprehensible when understood asthe coming to fruition of certain assumptions at the root of Western culture that are profoundly at odds with human nature. The World Beyond Your Head makes sense of an astonishing array of common experience, from the frustrations of airport security tothe rise of the hipster. With implications for the way we raise our children, the design of public spaces, and democracy itself, this is a book of urgent relevance to contemporary life"--
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better
Smarter Than You Think
How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better
Paperback      ISBN: 0143125826
" It's undeniable-technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding "yes." The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper-both as individuals and asa society. In Smarter Than You Think Thompson shows that every technological innovation-from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph-has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same, that our attentions are eroding, that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt-learning to use the new and retaining what's good of the old. Thompson introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters who augment their minds in inventiveways. There's the seventy-six-year old millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment-giving him instant recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There's a group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled HIV scientists for a decade-and solved it collaboratively in only one month. Smarter Than You Think isn't just about pioneers. It's about everyday users of technology and how our digital tools-from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones-are giving us new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. Thompson harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind-pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future. "--