The brain is complex. We have selected for you the best books that will help you understand the structure of the brain, as well as develop your mental abilities. Choose, read and develop!
We make a lot of mistakes, fatal and insignificant. And we admit it for a variety of reasons: we believe in our multitasking, overestimate our abilities, believing that we are above average, think in patterns and patterns, overlooking the little things.
The author shows how wrong we are with examples from healthcare, football, advertising, investment, education, the auto industry and many other areas of life. And he tells what needs to be done to avoid many mistakes.
“When a person needs to decide which way to turn at an intersection, right-handers prefer to make a right turn, while left-handers often turn left. When looking for the shortest line in a store, bank or any other place, look to the left first. “
People with flexible minds (with a growth mindset) believe that all qualities can be developed by systematically working on themselves, and the initial level of intelligence and talent is just a starting point. This approach forms a love of continuous learning and resilience to difficulties and setbacks. There is hardly a single outstanding person who does not possess these qualities.
Moving to an agile mindset increases motivation and productivity in business, education, and sports. It enriches personal relationships. When you read this book, you will know how it works.
“The trait that distinguishes extraordinary people is their unique talent for turning life’s failures into future successes. All researchers of creativity agree with this. ”
Psychological research has long shown that when it comes to choices, our brains are imperfect tools: biases, irrational considerations, and even intuition get in the way. Unfortunately, just knowing about these problems is not enough to solve them. You won’t see better just because you learn about your myopia, will you?
In this book, the authors propose a simple four-step process to avoid the typical pitfalls of thinking.
“If you look at the normal decision-making process, it usually takes place in four stages: You are faced with the need to choose. You are analyzing options. You make a choice. And then you live with it. “
We know very little about how our brain functions, and we do not take into account the peculiarities of its work in our daily life and professional activity. Meanwhile, such knowledge can help us work more productively, remember more, learn better, and conduct effective negotiations and presentations.
Professor John Medina has formulated 12 principles of the brain, each of which we can use in our daily life. For example, every 10 minutes the brain needs a short break in order to continue to perceive information: and the author himself skillfully uses this rule, illustrating his book with stories and examples.
“Try to multiply in your head the number 8 388 628 by 2. Can you calculate the result in a few seconds? And one young man is able to multiply such numbers by two 24 times within a few seconds. Your brain may not be as unusual as this guy’s, but it’s amazing nonetheless. ”
This book will show you how to reflash your brain and activate the hormones that make you happy. In addition, you will learn how to form new habits and trigger the “happiness hormones” to change neural pathways. Dozens of exercises from the book will help you with this.
“Joy is a tool for energy management. If I am working on a difficult task, I take a break for an activity that brings me pleasure. I leave time for him every evening to recharge for the next day. And I never waste my time on death or horror films. “
Why does one person remain healthy and vigorous at the age of 100, while another person may have serious memory problems at the age of 60? Is everyone prone to Alzheimer’s disease? What does the brain of an 80-year-old person look like? Does the old brain have any advantages over the young? The author of this book has researched the aging process of the brain all his life and is ready to offer scientific answers to these questions.
“With age, spiders are less adept at weaving webs. Eight-month-old spiders (and their life cycle is 12 months) were often wrong. They weaved a web, the pattern of which deviated greatly from the circular path, and the distance between the threads was too great. This will shed light on the mechanisms of aging in the human brain. “
The digestive system is most directly related to what happens in the brain. And perhaps the most important aspect on which a person’s overall well-being and mental health depends is the condition of the gut microflora. This is the so-called internal ecology of the body, which includes various microorganisms that inhabit the intestines, especially bacteria.
The practical guidelines in this book will help you change the internal ecology of your body to increase the number of “right” microorganisms that support the functioning of the brain.
“As scientists have found, in fact, the close connection between the brain and the intestine is two-way: just as nervous experiences are reflected in the work of the intestine, the state of the intestine is reflected in the work of the nervous system.”
Not so long ago, it was believed that the brain you were born with is the same brain with which you will live your entire life. It is now known that this is not the case. If we draw an analogy with computers: the brain is “software”, not “hardware”, it is reprogrammed and changes during life. In this book, neuroscientist John Arden shows how you can change your brain to feel better, relieve stress, improve memory and mood, and other positive changes.
“Many of the habitual emotional responses and behaviors that you consider to be an integral part of your personality are in fact your memories, stored in an implicit memory, for example in early childhood.”
This book is about you and your goals. More precisely – about the seven main reasons because of which you have not yet achieved your goals. It’s about the barriers in your head. The ingrained ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that keep you stuck or go astray and walk in circles. You are familiar with them and feel them every day, but maybe you do not know what exactly causes them. Only by knowing the reasons for their appearance, you can get rid of them. This book is a journey to the secrets of success hidden in the depths of the human brain.
“Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a key element of success. But if a person doubts his abilities, he stops trying to do something. A healthy awareness of strengths and weaknesses leads to action; doubt leads to inaction. It makes the flaws seem terrible and the goal out of reach. It makes you postpone the fulfillment of a dream, make it secondary, non-priority. “