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Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Lifeby David Disalvo
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Lets be honest. Youve tried the sticky-note inspirations, the motivational calendar, and the cute (but ineffective) carpe diem” mug—yet your attitude hasnt changed. Its time to apply cutting-edge science to the challenges of daily life.
While everyone desires self-improvement, we are quickly frustrated when trying to implement the contradictory philosophies of self-appointed self-help gurus. Too often, their advice is based on anecdote and personal opinion, not real research.
Bestselling author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brains Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, communications, and even marketing, DiSalvo replaces self-help with science help.” He demonstrates how the brains enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a factor that we can control to change our lives.
Findings show our brains are fluid and function much like a feedback loop: stimulants from both our environment and from within ourselves catalyze changes in the brains response. That response then elicits additional inputs that the brain identifies and analyzes to further tailor its response. DiSalvo shows that the greatest internal tool we have to affect the feedback loop is metacognition (thinking about thinking”).
Littered with relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, Brain Changer shows you how to harness metacognition to enrich your life.
"Science and technology journalist DiSalvo (What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite) suggests that in order to effect change, we need to think about thinking. Metacognition, the author notes, is 'the most potent internal influence we have to... improve the outcomes of our brain's constellation of feedback loops.' The 'Theory of Mind' allows for self-awareness, awareness of other's mindsets, and awareness of the awareness of others. In this 'think different' primer, the author not only describes how to 'detach' from immediate thoughts and exert conscious control on our thinking, but presents readers with a 'thought box' that includes tactics for doing so. DiSalvo describes a series of steps to help the reader assess thought patterns and employ methods to retrain the brain, and understand the feedback loops of the brain to engage conscious control over our emotions. This book will help the reader learn to stop or postpone thoughts that aren't wanted, consider the basic physical conditions needed for better cognition, and consider personal achievements and effects on others. DiSalvo suggests that by retraining the brain, our thoughts may take us somewhere more satisfying than where we are. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The author of the bestselling What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite delivers 30 science-based actions to enrich your life.
Science writer and bestselling author David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brains Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and communications, DiSalvo replaces self-help with science-help,” giving readers practical steps to change their thinking and their lives.
Known for his accessibility and applicable findings, DiSalvo explains that the human mind operates via a series of feedback loops” generated in the brain. By identifying how these systems work, DiSalvo shows we can actually redirect our thinking through metacognition, a tool for thinking about thinking, to influence the brains response.
Using relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, DiSalvo demonstrates how the brains enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a powerful tool we can control to change our lives.
About the Author
David DiSalvo is a science writer and public education specialist who writes about the intersection of science, technology, and culture. His work has appeared in Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Mental Floss, Salon, Esquire, and other publications, and he is the writer behind the blogs, Neuropsyched, Neuronarrative, and The Daily Brain. He is frequently interviewed about science and technology topics, including appearances on NBC Nightly News and CNN Headline News.
DiSalvo has also served as a consulting research analyst and communications specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several public and private organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His first non-fiction book,What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, has been translated into seven languages and is available worldwide.
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