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The owner's manual for the brain : the ultimate guide to peak mental performance at all ages
Howard, Pierce J., author.
Personal Author:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.

Physical Description:
1049 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The 4th edition of this book distills the very latest research on the brain and explains the practical, real-world applications for our daily lives. Draws information from the frontiers of psychology, neurobiology, and cognitive science. -- From back cover.
General Note:
"Revised and updated" -- From front cover.
Forming a foundation: the context for using your owner's manual. Getting started: a framework for exploring mind-brain concepts ; Brain basics: a refresher course in hardware and hormones ; trouble with drugs: of crutches and cures -- From the cradle to the grave, with a turbulent stop at adolescence. Starting well: windows of opportunity ; tumultuous teens: understanding the adolescent brain ; Finishing well: use it or lose it ; brain gone awry: when your lobes get sick ; Sex differences: how the brains of females and males differ ; Social neuroscience: human interaction and connecting minds -- Wellness: getting the most out of every day. Brain wellness: habits that lead to optimum brain performance ; Music as a means and as an end ; Powders and elixirs: mind-altering agents ; Humoring the mind: laughter as free (or cheap) medicine ; Nourishment: food for the body, fuel for the brain ; Love and romance: the wiring is the name of the game ; good night's sleep: cycles, naps, dreams, and nightmares ; Pain: God's big joke? ; body cognitive: the effects of exercise ; Woofers, bleaters, and mewers: the neuroscience of pets and other animals -- Learning: the brain as student. How we learn: acquiring and remembering information ; Giftedness: letting the genius out of the bottle ; Building Babel: acquiring and developing language ; Learning mathematics: inborn talent is just part of the equation -- Creativity and problem solving: making mountains out of hills. Getting to new you: the psychobiology of creativity ; Chipping off the old block: removing barriers to creativity ; Creating leverage: brain-based decision making ; Neuromarketing: brain-based selling and influencing ; Forensic neuroscience: brains, free will, and legal responsibility -- Putting it all together: how we differ, and what makes us tick. Getting smart about IQ: the many ways to be intelligent ; big five: at last, a universal language for personality traits ; EQ, call home: getting savvy about your emotional side ; Violence and aggression: running hot and cold in a global society ; Stress and burnout: the unrelenting fire alarm ; Happiness: the false god -- Closing with a prayer: a peek at states of consciousness. States of consciousness: phases of the mind ; Updating your owner's manual: the continuing search for new mind-body applications.
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QM455 .H68 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QM455 .H68 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
QM455 .H68 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QM455 .H68 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QM455 .H68 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Cutting-edge, user-friendly, and comprehensive: the revolutionary guide to the brain, now fully revised and updated.

At birth each of us is given the most powerful and complex tool of all time: the human brain. And yet, as we well know, it doesn't come with an owner's manual--until now. In this unsurpassed resource Dr. Pierce J. Howard and his team distill the very latest research and clearly explain the practical, real-world applications to our daily lives. Drawing from the frontiers of psychology, neurobiology, and cognitive science, yet organized and written for maximum usability, The Owner's Manual for the Brain (4th Edition) is your comprehensive guide to optimum mental performance and wellbeing. It should be on every thinking person's bookshelf.

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Library Journal Review

Cognitive researcher Howard intends with this revised and updated edition to bridge the gap between those books consisting mainly of scientific research reports and those containing only how-to information. According to the author, this book is aimed at readers in five categories: "lifelong learners, educators, consultants, managers and psychologists." It is meant to be used as a resource to answer questions, not to be read straight through. The text is divided into sections that cover the "framework for exploring mind-brain concepts," our movement through life stages, everyday wellness, how the brain learns, creativity and problem-solving, intelligence and personality traits, and states of consciousness. Subheadings make it easy to find relevant topics, and applications for that topic are listed along with suggested print and web resources. VERDICT This useful look at all the facets of the brain and its inner workings will be an excellent resource for those curious about how this organ works and for those looking for a more readable interpretation of the scientific studies done on it.-Christine -Sharbrough, Chelmsford PL, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.