Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think

Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think

by Stephen Kosslyn, G. Wayne Miller

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Top Brain, Bottom Brain: Surprising Insights into How You Think by Stephen Kosslyn, G. Wayne Miller

In this groundbreaking contribution to the literature of human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer an exciting new way of thinking about our minds—and ourselves—based on a new way of looking at the brain.

IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING contribution to the literature on human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer a novel way to learn about how each of us thinks. For the past fifty years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. It would be an illumi­nating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the Top Brain, Bottom Brain theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world—until now.

With cowriter G. Wayne Miller, Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience, explains this exciting new theory for the first time. Kosslyn and Miller describe how the top and bottom parts of the brain work together, summarizing extensive research with ease and accessibility. In doing so, they introduce us to four modes of thought: Mover, Perceiver, Stimulator, and Adaptor.

These ways of thinking and behaving shape your personality, and with the scientifically developed test provided in the book, you’ll quickly be able to determine which mode best defines your dominant way of thinking. Once you’ve identified your dominant cognitive mode, you can reflect on the many possible practical applications from the way you conduct business to your relationships to your voyage of personal discovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451645101
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, is founding dean of the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. He previously served as director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and as the John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he also served as chair of the Department of Psychology and dean of Social Science. Stephen has been recognized by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, three honorary doctorates, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research.

G. Wayne Miller is a staff writer at The Providence Journal, a documentary filmmaker, and the author of seven books of nonfiction, three novels, and three short story collections. He is also director and cofounder of the Story in the Public Square program at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy in Newport, RI. Find him at GWayneMiller.com or on Twitter @GWayneMiller.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Another Brain Book? xi

1 A New Way of Looking At What Your Brain Says About You 1

2 Roots of the Theory 19

3 The Duplex Brain 27

4 Reasoning Systems 41

5 Sweeping Claims 57

6 Interacting Systems 73

7 Four Cognitive Modes 85

8 Origins of the Modes: Nature Versus Nurture 95

9 Mover Mode 107

10 Perceiver Mode 123

11 Stimulator Mode 133

12 Adaptor Mode 145

13 Test Yourself 157

14 Working with Others 169

Authors' Note 183

Notes 187

Bibliography 195

Index 207

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