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"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
arrived as expected, no problems with the packaging, very helpful, interesting read.Published 10 days ago by Diane Donle
Mostly useful as a collection of pointers to a whole bunch of fascinating research. The descriptions and recommendations in this book, though, are a little too vague and full of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Jennings
What I liked best about this book was the appendix in which DiSalvo lists important books that have helped him in his research and generously describes them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shalom Freedman
Cognitive biases nicely explained with examples. Very complete source content! Will recommend. Relates and applies to everyday life from parenting to finance to sports and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adriana Santos de Sada
I'm a social scientist studying the intersectionality of race, gender and the body in adolescent/teen girls' use of digital media like youtube. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.
A few of the chapters covered topics I thought I was already pretty familiar with, but framed it in a way that really made me think "ahhh, I get it" -- but even if I hadn't... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tony