The New Science of Human Relationships
Paperback ISBN: 055338449x
Redefines the nature of human relationships and its impact on nearly every aspect of daily life, combining the latest research in biology and brain science to reveal how daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body.
The Genius in All of Us
New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ
Paperback ISBN: 0307387305
With irresistibly persuasive vigor, David Shenk debunks the long-standing notion of genetic “giftedness,” and presents dazzling new scientific research showing how greatness is in the reach of every individual. DNA does not make us who we are. “Forget everything you think you know about genes, talent, and intelligence,” he writes. “In recent years, a mountain of scientific evidence has emerged suggesting a completely new paradigm: not talent scarcity, but latent talent abundance.” Integrating cutting-edge research from a wide swath of disciplines—cognitive science, genetics, biology, child development—Shenk offers a highly optimistic new view of human potential. The problem isn't our inadequate genetic assets, but our inability, so far, to tap into what we already have. IQ testing and widespread acceptance of “innate” abilities have created an unnecessarily pessimistic view of humanity—and fostered much misdirected public policy, especially in education. The truth is much more exciting. Genes are not a “blueprint” that bless some with greatness and doom most of us to mediocrity or worse. Rather our individual destinies are a product of the complex interplay between genes and outside stimuli-a dynamic that we, as people and as parents, can influence. This is a revolutionary and optimistic message. We are not prisoners of our DNA. We all have the potential for greatness. From the Hardcover edition.
Paperback ISBN: 055338371x
Draws on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to show how the rational and the emotional faculties of the mind work together to shape the fate of each individual and how they shape everything from personal success to physical well-being, in an updated, tenth anniversary edition of the best-selling study. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
A Very Short Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 0192893211
For people with little or no knowledge of the science of human intelligence, this volume takes readers to a stage where they are able to make judgments for themselves about the key questions of human mental ability. Each chapter addresses a central scientific issue but does so in a way that is lively and completely accessible. Issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence levels, and whether intelligence declines as we grow older.
Frames of Mind
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Paperback ISBN: 0465025102
Aruges that all human beings are born with a multiplicity of intelligences which can, and should, be developed by society to achieve great individual accomplishment and to fulfill greater social goals
Paperback ISBN: 0553375067
A New York Times best-seller draws on the latest research in psychology and neuroscience to show how the rational and the emotional faculties of the mind work together to shape the fate of each individual. Reprint. 140,000 first printing. $140,000 ad/promo.
Hardcover ISBN: 0465025544
Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2,400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate, that we’ll never achieve anything great. In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman?who was told as a child that he wasn’t smart enough to graduate from high school?sets out to prove traditional metrics wrong, questioning everything we know about the childhood predictors of adult greatness. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, positive, and cognitive psychology, to uncover the truth about human potential. He reveals the diversity of paths to success and promotes a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person’s individual psychology. Combining research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, Ungifted proves that anyone?even those without observable gifts?can become great.
Everything Bad Is Good For You
How Today's Pop Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
Hardcover ISBN: 1573223077
An analytical argument for the intellectual benefits of popular elements from modern pop culture, including video games and reality TV programs, explains how today's electronic games and television shows have contributed to higher IQ scores and may be helping people to develop improve cognitive abilities.