Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life

Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life

by David DiSalvo
     
 

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The author of the bestselling What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite delivers 30 science-based actions to enrich your life.

Science writer and bestselling author David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain’s Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in cognitive

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The author of the bestselling What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite delivers 30 science-based actions to enrich your life.

Science writer and bestselling author David DiSalvo returns with Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain’s Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life. Drawing on the latest research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and communications, DiSalvo replaces self-help with “science-help,” giving readers practical steps to change their thinking and their lives.

Known for his accessibility and applicable findings, DiSalvo explains that the human mind operates via a series of “feedback loops” generated in the brain. By identifying how these systems work, DiSalvo shows we can actually redirect our thinking through metacognition, a tool for thinking about thinking, to influence the brain’s response.

Using relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, DiSalvo demonstrates how the brain’s enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a powerful tool we can control to change our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Science and technology journalist DiSalvo (What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite) suggests that in order to effect change, we need to think about thinking. Metacognition, the author notes, is “the most potent internal influence we have to... improve the outcomes of our brain’s constellation of feedback loops.” The “Theory of Mind” allows for self-awareness, awareness of other’s mindsets, and awareness of the awareness of others. In this “think different” primer, the author not only describes how to “detach” from immediate thoughts and exert conscious control on our thinking, but presents readers with a “thought box” that includes tactics for doing so. DiSalvo describes a series of steps to help the reader assess thought patterns and employ methods to retrain the brain, and understand the feedback loops of the brain to engage conscious control over our emotions. This book will help the reader learn to stop or postpone thoughts that aren’t wanted, consider the basic physical conditions needed for better cognition, and consider personal achievements and effects on others. DiSalvo suggests that by retraining the brain, our thoughts may take us somewhere more satisfying than where we are. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Nov.)
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“This book will help the reader learn to stop or postpone thoughts that aren’t wanted, consider the basic physical conditions needed for better cognition, and consider personal achievements and effects on others. DiSalvo suggests that by retraining the brain, our thoughts may take us somewhere more satisfying than where we are.”
Publishers Weekly

“A superb practical primer for thinking about thinking.”
Robert Burton, MD, author of On Being Certain and A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind

"Forget the self-help mumbo jumbo, DiSalvo boils down decades of actual research from psychological laboratories while giving us proven, scientist-approved tips on how to easily harness our maximum brainpower. From chewing gum, to writing our own obituaries to gargling with lemonade, you’ll be amazed by the many ways you can rev up that powerful engine puttering along in your cranium."
—Jesse Bering, PhD, author of The Belief Instinct and contributor to Scientific American and Slate magazine

"David DiSalvo will change the way you think about your own thinking, and in the process provide you with practical tools for keeping life’s challenges in perspective."
—Wray Herbert, author of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits

"DiSalvo beautifully breaks down metacognition -- our ability to reflect back upon our own thought processes – and, just as capably, lays out all the ways in which it can be sharpened for greater psychological well-being. An engaging and scientifically-grounded read."
—Alice G. Walton, PhD, contributing writer to the American Psychological Association and Forbes magazine

"An awareness of the under-the-surface workings of your own brain helps you adapt wisely to challenging circumstances, and Brain Changer offers just such an awareness. Using anecdotes, diagrams, bullet points, and smart tips, DiSalvo shows you how to exert more conscious control over your own thinking processes for better problem-solving and decision-making. Great for psych students and everyone at an impasse in their lives."
—Susan K. Perry, PhD, author of Writing in Flow and creativity blogger at PsychologyToday.com

“I believe the greatest competitive advantage any professional can gain today is a better understanding of how to leverage brainpower. Not only has David DiSalvo opened up pathways that I never knew existed, more importantly, he gave me the power to see my world from a far greater, more inspiring perspective.”
—Moe Abdou, founder of 33voices

"This eminently useful work illustrates the many ways that the human brain’s surprising neuroplasticity can be productively exploited. DiSalvo delineates simple but powerful ways to effect such beneficial cognitive/behavioral change."
—Leon F. Seltzer, PhD, author of Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Overview and Guidebook

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939529008
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
609,496
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


David DiSalvo is the author of three books about the human brain and cognitive psychology, including What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite and Brain Changer. In his first book, he coined the term "science-help," which has since become the standard term for describing science-based self-help approaches. He has also spent 18 years in top management positions with corporations and non-profit organizations, and has consulted with several Fortune 500 companies and major public agencies in the U.S. and abroad. He is an award-winning marketing communications specialist and an accomplished science and technology journalist whose work appears in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Slate, Esquire, Scientific American Mind and several other publications. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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