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Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligenceby Thalma, Ph.d. Lobel
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Color and temperature, darkness and light, rough and smooth texturesand#8212;all these sensations influence your inner world and your actions with unexpected power. In andlt;I andgt;Sensationandlt;/Iandgt;, one of the worldand#8217;s leading experts on human behavior, Dr. Thalma Lobel, shares an exciting, completely new view of physical intelligence, or embodied cognition. She reveals that physical experiences unconsciously affect your everyday decisions and choicesand#8212;with profound implications for your everyday life.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Before you read the rest of this description, find a comfy place to sit and settle in with a mug of something warm. If you can, wrap yourself in a soft jacket, shawl, or blanket. Once youand#8217;re warm and cozy, youand#8217;ll warm to new ideas more quickly. Now listen: This book holds the power to change your life.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;That sounds like a lofty claim, but if this book were ten pounds heavier, you might regard that claim as more believable. (Job seekers, take note: A resume printed on thin paper is taken less seriously than ones on thick paper.) If this copy were writtenandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;TOP andlt;BRandgt;TO andlt;BRandgt;BOTTOMandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;instead of SIDE TO SIDEandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;youand#8217;d be more likely to believe it. You might also pay more attention if this were printed on red paperand#8212;although that color would seriously undermine your reading comprehension. (Test takers, beware: Exposure to the color red significantly and consistently reduces performance. But a whiff of cinnamon may undo the damage.)andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The more you know about how your physical environment influences your mindand#8217;s interpretation of the world around you, the better you are able to navigate tricky waters and get to where you want to go. People with a sweet tooth seem kinder than others. Clean smells promote moral behavior, but people are more likely to cheat on a test right after having taken a shower. Hard surfaces make us inflexible. andlt;I andgt;Sensationandlt;/Iandgt; empowers you to recognize these outside forces and hidden biases, and even put them to use in your own life, in order to improve every facet of your personal and professional lives. The outside world shapes our perceptions and beliefs at every moment; andlt;I andgt;Sensationandlt;/Iandgt; reveals these hidden effects and lets you take control of your place in the world.
"Clean hands make dirty thoughts, and seeing red doesn't necessarily make you charge according to this heavily researched, if slightly dry overview of counterintuitive environmental psychology. Lobel, a research psychologist at Tel Aviv University, addresses studies that show the uniquely physical, 'embodied' nature of intelligence — that our thoughts are often mimetic to seemingly unrelated environmental cues, and vice versa. Some are direct: surveys taken on heavy clipboards induce feelings of gravity and seriousness, while the experience of social isolation induces perceived coldness. Others are more curious: watch out for dirty tricks from someone who's just washed their hands, as people who've recently bathed or washed their hands are more prone to cheat on tests, having mentally 'washed away' their bad tendencies. Lobel collects a wide range of fascinating studies, and her book is filled with factoids and findings that surprise and delight, but she only occasionally provides meaningful post-study analysis. Too often she simply glosses over the sometimes contradictory findings of this research on embodied intelligence, making the book a just-so story — beguiling and quirky, but grasping for a clearer foundation. 4 b&w photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Like the revolutionary bestsellers andlt;Iandgt;Predictably Irrationalandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Emotional Intelligenceandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Sensationandlt;/Iandgt; is an exciting, completely new view of human behaviorand#8212;a new psychology of physical intelligence (or embodied cognition)and#8212;that explains how the body unconsciously affects our everyday decisions and choices, written by one of the worldand#8217;s leading psychologists.andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;From colors and temperatures to heavy objects and tall people, a whole symphony of external stimuli exerts a constant influence on the way your mind works. Yet these effects have been hidden from youand#8212;until now. Drawing on her own work as well as from research across the globe, Dr. Thalma Lobel reveals how shockingly susceptible we are to sensory input from the world around us.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;An aggressive negotiator can be completely disarmed by holding a warm cup of tea or sitting in a soft chair. Clean smells promote moral behavior, but people are more likely to cheat on a test right after having taken a shower. Red-colored type causes us to fail exams, but red dresses make women sexier and teams wearing red jerseys win more games. We take questionnaires attached to heavy clipboards more seriously and believe people who like sweets to be nicer. Ultimately, the bookand#8217;s message is startling: Though we claim ownership of our decisions, judgments, and values, they derive as much from our outside environment as from inside our minds. Now, andlt;Iandgt;Sensationandlt;/Iandgt; empowers you to evaluate those outside forces in order to make better decisions in every facet of your personal and professional lives.
About the Author
Thalma Lobel, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized psychologist and a professor at the School of Psychological Science at Tel Aviv University, where she is director of the child development center. She was the chairperson of the school of psychological sciences and a member of the executive board of the university. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Tufts, the University of California San Diego, and New York University. She divides her time between Tel Aviv and Southern California.
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