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Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done Hardcover – January 3, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537226
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to be more creative, if you want to be an innovator, this is the book for you. Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today As one of the world's most respected voices in the field of cognitive science, Art Markman has isolated a formula for thinking more effectively. The book is filled with specific suggestions and tips that you can use to create new habits to think better, starting literally from Chapter 1. Craig B. Wynett, Chief Learning Officer at Procter and Gamble and Dr Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery. From the Foreword to Smart Thinking An essential read for anyone who wants to operate at their best, think outside the box and accomplish whatever goals they set out to achieve. Sian Beilock, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and author of Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To Smart Thinking not only enriches the literature on human thoughts - and its foibles - it takes it to the next level, offering clear prescriptions for how to sharpen memory, analysis and creativity in our daily lives. Wray Herbert, author of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits The book is an easy read, though rewards re-reading. Unlike many of these "Think yourself smarter" books, this one has lots of good advice, and feels like it relies on primary sources more than secondary. In fact, I bet I end up reading a lot of what is in this book, taken out of context by "Think yourself successful" gurus. Save time, read it here, at the source.' Business Traveller The advice on how to break bad and lazy thinking habits is interesting, and I've already used it to good effect ... In summary, this is a thought-provoking read. Stuart Kellock, Business XL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Art Markman, PhD is on the faculty member of the University of Texas since 1998 where he is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing. He has published more than 150 scientific papers in the area of cognitive science. He has been the editor of Cognitive Science since 2006.

As a consultant, Dr. Markman has worked with industry, including Proctor and Gamble, and partnered with Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen on two of their bestselling You books. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Dr. Phil Show and is a regular online contributor for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review.

More About the Author

Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. His research explores a variety of topics in thinking including the way people form and use analogies, generate creative ideas, and make decisions. He blogs for Psychology Today, YouBeauty.com, and Fast Company. He is co-host of the NPR show Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT radio in Austin. Art's books include Smart Thinking, Habits of Leadership, and Smart Change.

In his spare time, Art plays blues saxophone, writes for the Psychology Department Limerick Committee, and hangs out with his family.

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The book is also well written, is easy to read and follow..
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The three key ideas of the book are Smart Habits, High-Quality Knowledge, and Applying Your High-Quality Knowledge.
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It is a must read.this book will assist you in making important decisions in your life.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book is very well written, insightful, and packed with practical advice. The science and theory are explained, but done in a way that is focused on what you can do to make use of those ideas. At heart this book is practical advice. This is not a hard book to read or comprehend. It is about 200 pages of extremely well organized material that is explained very clearly. The author follows his own advice in introducing his topics in each chapter and ending each with a "takeaway" section that summarizes it very nicely. He seems well qualified for the topic on which he writes. The three key ideas of the book are Smart Habits, High-Quality Knowledge, and Applying Your High-Quality Knowledge.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their thinking. The chapter on analogy was by itself worth the price of the book. The explanations of memory were also excellent.

The book is organized in the following topic chapters:

What Is Smart Thinking?
Creating Smart Habits and Changing Behavior
Promoting Quality Learning by Knowing Your Limits
Understanding How Things Work
Making Comparisons and Applying Your Knowledge
Maximizing Memory Effectiveness
Smart Thinking in Practice
Creating a Culture of Smart

Two thumbs up for this excellent work.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Andre L. Souza on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Every once in a while you need a manual to teach you how to do something. You can easily find books with detailed guidelines for how to cook, how to operate a camcorder, how to write good scholarly papers, etc. What you don't easily find is a manual that teaches you how to think. Well, if you're looking for one, look no more! You have just found it. Art Markman's book is a truly engaging and easy-to-read manual of how to think effectively. He provides a very simple formula (believe me: it IS simple) that promotes smart thinking. Even better: the success and the basis of this simple formula are explained (and supported) by a number of interesting findings in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science. Dr. Markman presents these findings in a very accessible way, with lots of examples, and even provides some "tasks" that you can use right away to start thinking more effectively. If you want to understand why we create habits -- and how to create smart ones --, how to apply the knowledge you already have to solve novel problems, and how to use smart thinking to get things done, you have to have this book. "The world needs more smart thinking"!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack Reader on April 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is easy to breeze through this book, getting a little here and a little there, then finish and feel like you got almost nothing out of it. It is perhaps that the structure of chapters is a little counter intuitive. There are points to remember, but they are buried in paragraphs without a clear outline. I wish there would be a little more structure or breakdown, clear outline of things. But do not give up.

Once you go back and start making notes, there is actually a wealth of useful, practical information waiting here to be incorporated in your life. Once you really get the point, the benefits are noticable almost instantly. Pay attention. Link information to your existing knowlledge. Be inquisitive. Know your limits. Know what you do not know. The most surprising fact is that while your life is built around almost automatic habits, your "smart thinking" can only be the result of breaking away from doing everything like an automaton. At the end I wish there would be more available material from the author.

You may not be the next Dyson. But hopefully you won't become one of the distracted, multitasking, absent-minded millions either...
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By JWPennebaker on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Art Markman is a leader in the field of cognitive psychology and is someone who has made an impressive career by studying how people think. His book Smart Thinking is, well, smart. Engagingly written, Markman describes the most effective ways for people to approach, think about, and learn about new problems.

This should be required reading for any student coming to college, new employee starting a career, or anyone who wants to be more thoughtful in life. Part "how-to" and part good science, this is a fun book to read. When you're finished, you will have a better understanding of how toilets flush, why proverbs are helpful, and why multitasking is evil.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Gordon on October 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I know Art Markman as a casual acquaintance, so I was doubly intrigued when the book was first published: I love books about better thinking strategies (have to recommend Six Thinking Hats) and the author was local. Nonetheless, the book and I got off to a rocky start after I read his statement that psychology was more important to teach than other sciences.

The book has some solid ideas for improving thinking/recall strategies. For example, he puts into context the "rule of three" and the idea of telling people what you are going to tell them, telling them, and then telling them what you told them. He explains how previewing material allows people to start linking or scaffolding new information to prior knowledge, which then makes it more likely they will be able to recall the information.

On the other hand, I found the narrative tedious. The book's explanations drone on and on. The ideas are not so complex that they need copious examples. Of course, that would have meant that a short book could have been published as a long essay.

I also have a criticism of one specific idea he discusses towards the end of the volume - this is a prime example of how different disciplines invent unique terms to describe the same phenomena. He claims that some people have a high need for "closure" and others a low need. The former are quick to make decisions while the latter are slow. He provides an example of teens ordering ice cream flavors at an ice cream shop. One quickly makes a choice will the other is agonizing about which flavor to select. He discusses strategies for helping the one teen, while noting that making quick decisions is not always a "smart" strategy and offers advice in that context as well.
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