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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5 Top-Reviewed Brainy Books for Holiday Giving

From PositScience

By MacLean Fitzgerald
November 29, 2013

Looking for the perfect gift? How about a brain book? Here are are our top 5 recommendations for brainy books that everyone will love. But don’t take our word for it – check out what top reviewers think about these books, too!

Can Change Your Life
By Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.

New York Times science writer Sandra Blakeslee says, “Soft-Wired is the most authoritative, useful and entertaining book on the subject of brain plasticity. Written by the scientist who launched the field, this book stands above them all.” Learn more.

The Brain That Changes Itself
By Norman Doidge, M.D.

The New York Times says: ”The power of positive thinking finally gains scientific credibility. Mind-bending, miracle-working, reality-busting stuff, with implications, as Dr. Doidge notes, not only for individual patients with neurologic disease but for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history.” Learn more.

Brain Bugs
by Dean Buonomano, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Eyewitness Testimony, says: “In Brain Bugs, Dean Buonomano has brilliantly pulled off what few psychological scientists can do. In elegant and clear writing, he masterfully conveys the astonishing capability of the human mind, along with its flaws and limitations. Only when we fully understand our ‘bugs’ will we be able to make the best financial, political, marital, and other decisions that are so important in shaping our lives.” Learn more.

for Lifelong Vitality
By Anat Baniel

John Gray, bestselling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, says: “I feel lucky to have discovered Anat Baniel’s work. In her book Move Into Life — The Nine Essentials for Life Long Vitality she offers us powerful, immediate, yet easy to apply ways to wake up our brains and gain the vitality we all wish for. This scientifically based knowledge and practice is novel and important and deserves the widest audience.” Learn more

Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, says: “No one is better than V. S. Ramachandran at combining minute, careful observation with ingenious experiments and bold, adventurous theorizing. The Tell-Tale Brain is Ramachandran at his best, a profoundly intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain.” Learn more.

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