Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

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Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.

Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing readers how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for readers to employ "smart thinking" ...

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Overview

Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.

Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing readers how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for readers to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.

Smart Thinking gives readers:

*The means to replace self-limiting habits with new behaviors that foster smart thinking
*An understanding of the mind itself as well as memory
*The ability to define and solve problems by finding and applying relevant knowledge
*Ways to present and process information effectively

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The authors of these books use formulas to help readers understand and, thereby, take charge of their worlds. Conley (founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality) offers what he terms "emotional equations" (e.g., joy equals love minus fear, and happiness equals wanting what you have divided by having what you want) to help identify and manage the elements that define life. He discusses such feelings as jealousy, regret, and despair in terms of their emotional components, so readers can get a clearer picture of a situation and cultivate a perfect "emotional potion." On the other hand, Markman (psychology & marketing, Univ. of Texas, Austin) suggests that the formula for smart thinking includes three parts: first, to have smart habits that, second, allow one to acquire high-quality knowledge and, third, the capacity to use that high-quality knowledge when needed. Markman shares tips and exercises for the development of smart thinking, such as breaking bad habits, paying attention, and strengthening memory. Both titles present interesting looks at common problems, but neither is extraordinary.
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"Markman provides a helpful guide for developing smarter habits, and ultimately, a smarter, more fulfilling life of learning."
—Charles Ealy, Austin American

"…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."
—-Tom Otley, The Business Traveler

"Smart Thinking teaches people how their minds work so they can be more effective performers at work and at life. 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, PhD, author of Choke

“If you want to be more creative, if you want to be an innovator, this is the book for you. Creativity doesn't fall out of the sky. It favors the prepared mind. This book prepares your mind.”
—-Hara Estroff Marano, author of A Nation of Wimps

“What does thinking quickly create a positive mood? Are goals contagious? How do you create a culture of smart thinking? Building on decades of research in cognitive psychology and replete with stories and practical tools, Markman answers these questions and in doing so teaches you how to learn. Once finished, you’ll feel smarter. Consider it an owner’s manual to the mind.”
—-Jennifer Lynn Aaker, General Atlantic Professor of Marketing, Stanford GSB and author of The Dragonfly Effect

“Smart Thinking not only enriches the literature on human thought—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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537226
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,410,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Art Markman, Ph.D., is one of the premier cognitive scientists in the field and has been published in more than 125 journals. He is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the author of the scholarly work Knowledge Representation, and has been the editor of Cognitive Science since 2006.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Craig B. Wynett Dr. Mehmet Oz ix

1 What Is Smart Thinking? 1

2 Creating Smart Habits and Changing Behavior 27

3 Promoting Quality Learning by Knowing Your Limits 57

4 Understanding How Things Work 89

5 Making Comparisons and Applying Your Knowledge 121

6 Maximizing Memory Effectiveness 155

7 Smart Thinking in Practice 185

8 Creating a Culture of Smart 207

Epilogue 231

Acknowledgments 237

References 239

Index 247

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    It's a simple book that is easy to read, and easy to understand. Gives a lot of examples for the reader to understand such concepts as 'casual knowledge', 'smart habit', 'higher knowledge' and etc. I suggest it for those who want an understanding of their mind works. Even though this book has psychological concepts, it can be use towards business. It just depends on your 'smart thinking'.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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