"This book is the Swiss Army knife of psychology and neuroscience research—handy, practical, and very, very useful. It boils down the latest findings into simple easy-to-understand lessons you can apply to your daily life." --Joseph T. Hallinan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Why We Make Mistakes
"Reading What Makes Your Brain Happy is like eating intellectual dim sum at your favorite Chinese restaurant. Each morsel is tasty and you will keep coming back for more." --Bruce Hood, PhD, author of Super Sense: Why We Believe the Unbelievable and director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre
"The chapters in this book are crystal-clear and multifaceted, and each transmits a ray of insight about how we think. It's jewelry for the mindful mind." --Phillip Alcabes, PhD, author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Plague to the Avian Flu
"Packed full of scientific insights with practical applications to everyday life—a thought-provoking and entertaining page-turner." --Gary Small, MD, UCLA professor of psychiatry and author of The Memory Bible, iBrain, and The Other Side of the Couch: A Psychiatrist Solves His Most Unusual Cases
"David DiSalvo takes us on mind trips to the frontiers of brain and behavior research—and being a superb guide, shows us how each development is useful, exciting, and inspired by wonder." --Jena Pincott, author of Do Gentleman Really Prefer Blondes? Bodies, Brains, and Behavior—The Science Behind Love, Sex & Attraction
"It's hard to put down this smart, readable discussion of the latest brain science from science writer David DiSalvo. As always, DiSalvo deftly offers both expert and lay readers news we can use, in context and with style. Read on!" --Maggie Jackson, author of Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
"This book will make your brain happy—in a good way. With engaging prose and compelling stories, DiSalvo provides a fast-paced overview of mental shortcuts and foibles that make us happy in the short-term, often to our long-term detriment." --Daniel Simons, author of The Invisible Gorilla, and Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
"DiSalvo is a genial and enthusiastic guide who makes emerging research in neuroscience, social psychology, cognitive science, and behavioral economics accessible, and even entertaining. But this book is not specifically about research, nor is it really about brains and minds. What it is about is you and me and how science can help with the messy business of trying to live a meaningful, good life. A delightfully illuminating read." --Todd Essig, PhD, Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, William Alanson White Institute
"This book is a well-researched and effectively argued guide to uncovering the reasons why we so often think and act in ways that undermine our best interests, and it's also full of knowledge about why humans manipulate each other. If you want to know more about why you do what you do, and how to avoid becoming the victim of someone else's manipulation tactics, I encourage you to read this book." --Philip Zimbardo, PhD, author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, and past president of the American Psychological Association
My feelings about this book was how it seemed to be "rushed" as if the author was in a hurry.
I got this book from the library and found it interesting enough that I bought a copy so I could re-read it and my husband could read it.
The book is organized well, it is very clear in its explanation, and it reads easily and quickly.
This book's title and subject caught my attention, but I don't think it has as much to say as it thinks it does. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. C.
One eye on neuroscience and the other on cognitive psychology,This book reveals what's "behind the curtain" when it comes to common self-defeating human behaviors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lele7design
Human psychology and behavioral science are very complex topics that many scientists and authors have tried to decipher. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brooks Nevrly
This book didn't really have much to say. It was very short for a book, almost like half a book? Lots of surplus pages at the end. Kind of felt ripped off. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex
As a reader of all things positive psychology, I went into this one thinking it was a commentary on the field (ok, so I didn't read the summary as closely as I should have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doug H.
I was hoping for more support for 'why you should do the opposite'. Mostly fancy words for 'don't take the easy way out'Published 6 months ago by Mark Deluca
Love this book. I find it less about what you should or shouldn't do, and more about understanding how our brain interprets things, and the pitfalls. The format is perfect for me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarah
I love books on how the brain works. This one is very good. Not as entertainingly written as "Stumbling into Happiness", but it comes close, and covers some of the same... Read morePublished 8 months ago by TREX