Owner's Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research / Edition 3

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Our brains are immensely powerful organs that influence all areas of our lives--sleep, diet, sex, relationships, memory, aging, creativity, learning, spirituality, motivation and personality. In this new edition, Pierce J. Howard, Ph.D., presents fascinating new research in these and many other areas, summarizing the current knowledge in each area with illustrations and practical advice.

"...based on the latest brain research, and drawn from the fields of linguistics, philosophy, and anthropology...explores the many ways music can affect the brain."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although medical science can describe and define many of the brain's functions, the relationship between brain and behavior is not yet fully understood. Howard, director of the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies, a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting firm, organizes workshops so people can better comprehend this relationships and make appropriate changes in their lives. His book includes chapters on the psychobiology of emotions and getting along with the opposite sex (including research on why men and women supposedly differ in math and verbal skills). He cites studies from a variety of sources to back himself up. Some of his goals are very basic--for example, how to get a better night's sleep or improve memory by relying on specific diet recommendations. Others, such as delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease, are more experimental. But, unfortunately, the book reads as a hodge-podge of research findings, followed by applications by Howard. (July)
Library Journal
Howard, director of the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies (Charlotte, North Carolina), has digested an assortment of brain research and created what he hopes will be a practical "reference work for consumers." Targeting an audience of lifelong learners, educators, and managers, he has selected research on intelligence, stress, learning, creativity, memory, and the emotions. Brief synopses of the research are followed by suggested applications ranging from the familiar (drink warm milk to promote sleep) to the novel and impractical (schedule math tests for females during the first half of the menstrual cycle). While this book lacks formal references for the research cited, it does offer a variety of ideas and perspectives and some excellent reading lists for the general reader.-Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885167644
  • Publisher: Bard Press TX
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1040
  • Sales rank: 962,637
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Quick content guide 13
Preface 14
The author 20
Pt. 1 Catching up on how the brain works: The latest news from cognitive science
1 Getting started: A framework for exploring mind-brain concepts 24
2 Brain basics: A refresher course in hardware and hormones 34
Pt. 2 Your personal almanac: The power of the mind-body relationship
3 Getting along with the opposite sex: The wiring is not the same 44
4 Growing old: Use it or lose it! 58
5 Nourishment: Food for the body, fuel for the brain 70
6 Chemicals and consequences: The effects of mind-altering agents 82
7 A good night's sleep: Cycles, dreams, naps, and nightmares 92
8 A brain potpourri: From handedness to headaches 106
Pt. 3 The brain and your personality: Emotions, traits, and intelligence
9 The nature-and-nurture debate: The pendulum swings 120
10 Are personality traits for real? The Big-Five model 130
11 The psychobiology of emotions: More than ecstasy and terror? 144
12 The three faces of intelligence: Process, content, and structure 156
Pt. 4 People at work: Using mind-brain research for continuous performance improvement
13 Optimism and hardiness: Two sides of the motivation coin 168
14 Stress and burnout: The neurobiology of motivation 176
15 Getting an attitude: Reframing strategies for a healthier outlook 190
16 Brain ergonomics: Workplace design for quality and productivity 204
17 The five senses: Brain messages that influence work 212
Pt. 5 Creating new mental paths: Memory, creativity, and problem solving
18 Class action: Tools and techniques for acquiring knowledge 230
19 Learning that sticks: Insights for enhancing memory 240
20 We are all teachers and students: Helping learning happen 254
21 The psychobiology of creativity: Cultivating a precious resource 270
22 Getting the creative juices to flow: Removing obstacles to creativity 280
23 Creative leverage: A guide to problem-solving breakthroughs 288
Pt. 6 The quest for knowledge: The brain-philosophy connection
24 How we view the world: Epistemology and the search for peace 302
25 Sacred systems and shifting paradigms: Everyday epistemology 308
26 The mind in relationships: Communication that connects 318
27 Updating your owner's manual: Continuing the search 326
Appendixes 332
Glossary 354
Bibliography 360
Index 370
Reader participation card 392
Brain Update: A quarterly newsletter for keeping current 394
About CentACS: The Center for Applied Cognitive Studies 396
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    It contains a lot of information and its very interesting and re

    It contains a lot of information and its very interesting and resourceful for college, grad school, and work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Recommended; excellent read & info

    Information that you can use anytime of life.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    Step-by-step approach to optimizing brainpower

    Do you use your head? Do you think before you act? Do you really know how to ponder things? Pierce J. Howard does. As the director of research at a cognitive science center, he has developed a truly practical, well-organized book about the brain, complete with information on how to think more effectively. He details, in a fascinating, comprehensive fashion, the latest knowledge about mind-brain functioning. You can put his specific, helpful reporting to work to boost your mental prowess and overall health. getAbstract recommends this excellent book to readers who want to know how their thinking works, and to learn how to improve and protect their brainpower.

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