Michael J. Fox
“Every day I send my kids out the door to school with this admonition, ‘you can choose to be happy.’ More often than not, they roll their eyes, but in Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain Elaine Fox (no relation) offers a scientific argument for my contention. After much research, and in comprehensive, but comprehensible detail, Professor Fox provides a mental map to the sunny side of the street. For optimists and pessimists alike, this fascinating book is a must read.”
Elaine Fox is currently a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and Director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, where she leads a program of research combining cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and genetics. She has been Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex and an associate editor of leading scientific journals including Emotion and Cognition & Emotion. Her work has been discussed in Nature, Science, New Scientist, The Economist, and the New York Times. A Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science (APS), she divides her time between Wivenhoe and Oxford in England.
This is a great wrap up of the science behind optimism and pessimism with well referenced data.
It does not contain any application though, so if you are looking for a... Read more
This book reads pretty much like a college literature review of research, nothing particularly engaging or really even new depending on how well you are already familiar with the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raychel
I felt that I was becoming a rather pessimistic person. I saw this book touted on CNN.com and immediately purchased it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by stormtrooper
What's the weather like in your brain?
As Elaine Fox clearly demonstrates in _Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain_, our emotional climates and forecasts are deeply influenced by... Read more
Interesting reading, but no really good tips on self improvement.
So fine to read for brodenening your knowledge, but don't count on any good life change strategies.
A very good run through on the working of the human brain with loads of research references. Well worth the read if you are interested in the human mind and human behaviour. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paul
Very important information for everyone! Very good explanations of the science. I would also recommend Achor's "The Hapiness Advantage," which is terrific.Published 19 months ago by Judith A. Miller
Very interesting and informative, but one expects, perhaps unrealistically, a clear instruction as to how to proceed to make the brain cell changes which will improve one's mental... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hilliard
The cover is the best part of the book. The reader is bored to tears with all the scientific studies that aren't useful. Would have been easier to just spill it out on 2 pages. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Catherine K. Howard