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  • Range is the groundbreaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the twenty-first century. Through fascinating stories and vividly explained research, David Epstein demonstrates why, as the world has got increasingly complex, developing range can help us excel.

    ‘David Epstein manages to make me thoroughly enjoy the experience of being told that everything I thought about something was wrong. I loved Range.’ – Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of Outliers.

    Range is the ground-breaking and exhilarating exploration into how to be successful in the 21st Century, from David Epstein the acclaimed author of The Sports Gene.

    What if everything you have been taught about how to succeed in life was wrong?

    From the ‘10,000 hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialization and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up with those who got a head start.

    This is completely wrong.

    In this landmark book, David Epstein shows that the way to excel is by sampling widely, gaining a breadth of experiences, taking detours, experimenting relentlessly, juggling many interests – in other words, by developing range.

    Studying the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, and scientists Epstein discovered that in most fields – especially those that are complex and unpredictable – generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. They are also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Range proves that by spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to success rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area.

    Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range explains how to maintain the benefits of breadth, diverse experience and interdisciplinary thinking in a world that increasingly demands, hyper-specialization.

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  • Writing style is very accessible with clear take-home messages, yet informed by cutting-edge science by a prominent US psychologist.>

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  • A compelling case from two leading cognitive scientists that people are like bees and society is like a beehive: true intelligence lies not in our individual brains but in the collective mind

    Human reasoning is remarkably shallow – in fact, our thinking and justifications just scratch the surface of the true complexity of the issues we deal with. The ability to think may still be the greatest wonder in the world (and beyond), but the way that individuals think is less than ideal. In The Knowledge Illusion, Sloman and Fernbach show that our intelligence resides not in individual brains but in the collective mind. To function, individuals rely not only on knowledge that is stored within our skulls but also on knowledge stored elsewhere, be it in our bodies, in the environment or especially in other people. Put together, human thought is incredibly impressive, but at its deepest level it never belongs to any individual alone.
    And yet the mind supports the most sublime, incredible phenomenon of all: consciousness. How can any of this be possible with a mind that is so imperfect? This is one of the key challenges confronted in this book. The Knowledge Illusion ties together established scientific facts whilst also considering what the mind is for. Understanding why the mind is as it is, and what it is for, will show why we need to consider it as extending beyond our skulls; why we should think about ‘the mind’ as far more than an extension of the brain but as an emergence from multiple brains interacting. Simply put, individuals know relatively little, but the human hive that emerges when people work together knows a lot.

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  • As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him,’ Houdini to Arthur Conan Doyle
    Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else-they may be even more susceptible to them. This is the “intelligence trap,” the subject of David Robson’s fascinating and provocative debut.
    Packed with cutting-edge research, historical case studies, entertaining stories, and practical advice, The Intelligence Trap explores the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, and reveals the ways that even the brightest minds and talented organizations can backfire – from some of Thomas Edison’s worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI. With a knack for explaining complex ideas and featuring timeless lessons from Socrates to Benjamin Franklin to Richard Feynman and the latest behavioral science, Robson shows how to build a cognitive toolkit to avoid mistakes and protect ourselves from misinformation and fake news.

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  • The most important book you’ll read this year.’ DANIEL H. PINK, author of Drive

    ‘Together stands with Atul Gawande’s classic, Being Mortal.’ MALCOLM GLADWELL, author of Outliers

    ‘A welcome beacon towards meaningful connection’ ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, author of Thrive

    ‘Fascinating, moving and essential reading.’ ATUL GAWANDE, author of Being Mortal

    ‘This book is a gift’ SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet

    ‘Exactly what the doctor ordered’ ANGELA DUCKWORTH, author of Grit

    The world seems more connected than ever, and yet loneliness is at epidemic levels. But what effect is it having on us, and how can we treat it – even at a distance?

    When Obama appointed him Surgeon General of the United States, Dr Vivek Murthy observed the growing health crisis of isolation first-hand. In this ground-breaking book, he traces the roots of the problem, and shows how loneliness lies behind some of our greatest personal and social challenges, from anxiety and depression to addiction and violence. But he also reveals the cure. His search led him to talk to doctors, scientists, parents and community members around the world. The solutions are deceptively simple and easily applicable – and the effects are transformative. And one thing is clear: real human connection is a medical necessity if we want to stay healthy, emotionally and physically. We can all create it, and benefit from it, and it is more urgent than ever that we start now.

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  • Do you ever worry what people think of you? Do you ever feel inadequate? Do you ever say ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no’? Are you frightened of failure?

    These are your erroneous zones – infuriating little quirks of personality that are barriers to a fuller, richer life. Just about everyone has erroneous zones – but now, with the help of this book, you can learn how to overcome and eliminate them for good.

    Written by a top psychiatrist, YOUR ERRONEOUS ZONES is a must for everyone who has ever been dissatisfied with themselves and their lives. After all, nobody’s perfect – but you can go a long way by trying!

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  • The new science behind dreams, why they are good for us and why they matter.

    We all dream, and 98 per cent of us can recall our dreams the next morning. Even in today’s modern age, it is human nature to wonder what they mean. With incredible new discoveries and stunning science, Why We Dream will give you dramatic insight into yourself and your body. You’ll never think of dreams in the same way again . . .

    Groundbreaking science is putting dreams at the forefront of new research into sleep, memory, the concept of self and human socialization. Once a subject of the New Age and spiritualism, the science of dreams is revealed to have a crucial role in the biology and neuroscience of our waking lives.

    In Why We Dream, Alice Robb, a leading American science journalist, will take readers on a journey to uncover why we dream, why dreaming matters, and how we can improve our dream life – and why we should. Through her encounters with scientists at the cutting edge of dream research, she reveals how:

    – Dreams can be powerful tools to help us process the pain of a relationship break-up, the grief of losing a loved one and the trauma after a dramatic event
    – Nightmares may be our body’s warning system for physical and mental illness (including cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s)
    – Athletes can improve their performance by dreaming about competing
    – Drug addicts who dream about drug-taking can dramatically speed up their recovery from addiction.

    Robb also uncovers the fascinating science behind lucid dreaming – when we enter a dream state with control over our actions, creating a limitless playground for our fantasies. And as one of only ten per cent of people with the ability to lucid-dream, she is uniquely placed to teach us how to do it ourselves.

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  • The world is getting harder for young people and for the people who care about them: parents teachers school counsellors and concerned relatives. Generation Next is an organisation that gathers experts in several fields to provide information for professionals – now that expertise is gathered in this volume for everyone else. Each chapter contains easily accessible information along with more detail and resources for those who wish to find out more.

    In this comprehensive volume there will be the latest information on many topics including:
    Helping young people get help for mental health problems
    Bullying
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Understanding self-harm
    Child sexual abuse
    Alcohol and Drugs and how to communicate with young people about them
    Teens Parties and Alcohol: A practical guide to keeping them safe
    Eating Disorders
    Body Image
    Resilience and Positive Psychology
    Understanding the Teenage Brain
    Online Time Management

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  • You could be a genius… Award-winning science writer reveals how frontier neuroscience can enhance your intelligence – making you smarter, sharper and brighter than you ever thought you could be.

    What if you have more intelligence than you realize? What if there is a genius inside you, just waiting to be released? And what if the route to better brain power is not hard work or thousands of hours of practice but to simply swallow a pill?
    In The Genius Within, bestselling author David Adam explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical brain stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.
    Going to the heart of how we consider, measure and judge mental ability, The Genius Within asks difficult questions about the science that could rank and define us, and inevitably shape our future.

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  • Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?

    How Much Brain Do We Really Need? challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.

    The bad news is that our brains start to shrink from our mid-thirties. But the good news is that we still seem to generally muddle along and our brain is able to adapt in extraordinary ways when things going wrong.

    Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett shed light on what the human brain can do – in both optimal and suboptimal conditions – and consider what it can manage without. Through fascinating facts and figures case studies and hypothetical scenarios expert interviews and scientific principles they take us on a journey from the ancient mists of time to the far reaches of the future via different species and lands.

    Is brain training the key to healthy ageing? Do women really experience ‘baby brain’? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? We discover the answers to these questions and more.

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  • From the bestselling author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

    With an introduction by neuroscientist Daniel Glaser

    The late Oliver Sacks’ compassionate tales of people struggling to adapt to different neurological conditions have fundamentally changed the way we think of our own minds.

    Musicophilia is no different. In this breathtaking work, Sacks examines the powers of music through the individual experiences of patients, musicians and everyday people – those struck by affliction, unusual talent and even, in one case, by lightning – to show not only that music occupies more areas of our brain than language does, but also that it can torment, calm, organize and heal.

    Always wise and compellingly readable, these stories alter our conception of who we are and how we function, and show us an essential part of what it is to be human.

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  • The highly practical lessons in How to Get to Great Ideas are based on neuroscience, psychology and sociology. Written by former advertising creative director Dave Birss, this book offers a brilliant new system for conceiving original and valuable ideas. It looks at how to frame a problem, how to push your thinking, how to sell the idea, how to build support for it and how to inspire others to have great ideas. It proves that any organization – and any individual or department within an organization – can create a fertile environment for ideas. Combining a practical research-based system with fascinating insights and inspiring and humorous writing, the book also includes the problem-solving system RIGHT Thinking. This is a tool which enables a more effective way to generate more effective ideas, and is one that anyone can use to transform themselves or their business. Training on this system is also available in person from the author. And will be released soon as an online course.

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  • Dr Nadine Burke Harris reveals the science behind Adverse Childhood Experience and the tangible effects of abuse, neglect and stress on the development of the brain and long term health

    A pioneering physician reveals how childhood stress leads to lifelong health problems and what we can do to break the cycle.
    A pioneer in the field of medicine, TED-Talk speaker and subject of a New Yorker profile, Dr Nadine Burke Harris is leading a movement to transform the way we respond to the public health crisis of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. By revealing the science behind childhood adversity, this book offers a new way of understanding the adverse events that affect us throughout our lifetime. Based on her own groundbreaking clinical work and public leadership, Burke Harris shows us how we can disrupt this cycle through interventions that help retrain the brain and body, foster resilience, and help children, families, and adults live healthier, happier lives.
    Like the classic Silent Spring, this book helps readers see a problem hiding in plain sight that impacts us all. By looking at the widespread crisis of childhood adversity through the objective lens of science and medicine, this book provides a roadmap for deeper understanding and change.

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  • What is being on form? How does it relate to feeling ‘in the zone’? Are these states in the lap of the gods, a matter of which side of the bed we got out of that morning? Or can we do something to make its arrival more likely?

    Mike Brearley describes some of the elements of being on form in many fields, not only in cricket and psychoanalysis, but also in drama, music, teaching and business. It includes a range of states of mind, conjoined with action, from the courage to face dangerous or difficult challenges to an almost spiritual state for which words like ‘inspired’ or ‘spiritual’ come to mind. Achieving it requires us to be able to hold different tendencies, different tensions in mind, to tolerate ambivalence and ambiguity. For example, there is the need for hard work, but hard work can be misguided or limiting; there is a need to let go of conscious control, and to allow things to come up involuntarily. It involves giving house-room to different aspects of the mind, finding a balance between doing and watching oneself, as indeed between work and play.

    He suggests that though one can’t guarantee form, or creativity, in any area, we do have some understanding of how we might make it more likely. We have to give space to ourselves and our projects. We have to learn to tolerate emotions and work on them so that they don’t inhibit our freedom to think and act. There is no easy recipe; but this book will help people in all walks of life to reflect on the kinds of conditions that can block us or free us.

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  • Being a teenager has never been easy, but the digital age has brought with it unique challenges for young people and the adults in their lives. Nurturing Young Minds: Mental Wellbeing in the Digital Age collects expert advice on how to tackle the terrors of the twenty-first century and is a companion to Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds.

    A comprehensive and easily accessible guide for parents, teachers, counsellors and health care professionals, this book contains important advice about managing online behaviour, computer game addiction and cyberbullying, as well as essential information on learning disorders, social skills and emotional health.

    This volume includes up-to-date information on:
    Understanding Teen Sleep and Drowsy Kids
    Emotions and Relationships Shape the Brain of Children
    Understanding the Teenage Brain
    Healthy Habits for a Digital Life
    Online Time Management
    Problematic Internet Use and How to Manage It
    Computer Game Addiction and Mental Wellbeing
    Sexting: Realities and Risks
    Cyberbullying, Cyber-harassment and Revenge Porn
    The ‘Gamblification’ of Computer Games
    Violent Video Games and Violent Behaviour
    Talking to Young People about Online Porn and Sexual Images
    Advice for Parents: Be a Mentor, Not a Friend
    E-mental Health Programs and Interventions
    Could it be Asperger’s?
    Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties
    Friendship and Social Skills
    The Commercialisation of Childhood
    Sexualisation: Why Should we be Concerned?
    Porn as a Public Health Crisis
    How Boys are Travelling and What They Most Need
    Understanding and Managing Anger and Aggression
    Understanding Boys’ Health Needs

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  • Emotions aren’t hardwired into you – you create them. A world-leading neuroscientist argues that understanding the origin and nature of emotions has huge implications for our future

    ‘By the deepest thinker about this topic since Darwin’ Daniel Gilbert, author of the bestseller Stumbling on Happiness
    ‘Fascinating . . . a thought-provoking journey into emotion science’ The Wall Street Journal
    ‘This meticulous, well-researched, and deeply thought out book provides information about our emotions – what they are, where they come from, why we have them. For anyone who has struggled to reconcile brain and heart, this book will be a treasure; it explains the science without short-changing the humanism of its topic’ Andrew Solomon, bestselling author of Far From the Tree and The Noonday Demon
    When you feel anxious, angry, happy, or surprised, what’s really going on inside of you?
    Many scientists believe that emotions come from a specific part of the brain, triggered by the world around us. The thrill of seeing an old friend, the fear of losing someone we love – each of these sensations seems to arise automatically and uncontrollably from within us, finding expression on our faces and in our behaviour, carrying us away with the experience.
    This understanding of emotion has been around since Plato. But what if it is wrong? In How Emotions Are Made, pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett draws on the latest scientific evidence to reveal that our common-sense ideas about emotions are dramatically, even dangerously, out of date – and that we have been paying the price. Emotions aren’t universally pre-programmed in our brains and bodies; rather they are psychological experiences that each of us constructs based on our unique personal history, physiology and environment.
    This new view of emotions has serious implications: when judges issue lesser sentences for crimes of passion, when police officers fire at threatening suspects, or when doctors choose between one diagnosis and another, they’re all, in some way, relying on the ancient assumption that emotions are hardwired into our brains and bodies. Revising that conception of emotion isn’t just good science, Barrett shows; it’s vital to our well-being and the health of society itself.

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  • Gaslighting.
    What it is, how you can spot it – and how you can break free

    He’s the charmer – the witty, confident, but overly controlling date. She’s the woman on your team who always manages to take credit for your good work. He’s the neighbour who swears you’ve been putting your rubbish into his bins, or the politician who can never admit to a mistake. Gaslighters are master controllers and manipulators, often challenging your very sense of reality. Whether it’s a spouse, parent, co-worker, or friend, gaslighters distort the truth – by lying, withholding, triangulation, and more – making their victims question their own reality and sanity. Dr Stephanie Sarkis delves into this hidden manipulation technique, covering gaslighting in every life scenario, sharing:

    · Why gaslighters seem so ‘normal’ at first
    · Warning signs and examples
    · Gaslighter ‘red flags’ on a first date
    · Practical strategies for coping
    · How to co-parent with a gaslighter
    · How to protect yourself from a gaslighter at work
    · How to walk away and rebuild your life

    With clear-eyed wisdom and empathy, Dr Sarkis not only helps you determine if you are being victimized by a gaslighter – she gives you the tools to break free and heal.

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  • The bestselling author of The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind draws on philosophical wisdom and scientific research to show how the meaningful life is closer than you think

    The Happiness Hypothesis is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world’s civilizations — to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives and illuminate the causes of human flourishing.
    Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt the author of The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind shows how a deeper understanding of the world’s philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims — like “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” or “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” — can enrich and even transform our lives.

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  • An award-winning journalist uncovers the truth about boredom and why it’s the key to your creativity
    Being bored is bad, right? We’ll certainly do anything to avoid it and with smartphones we need never be bored again, as we reply to our emails 24 hours a day, tweet as we watch TV, watch TV as we commute, check Facebook as we walk and Instagram while we eat.
    Stimulation is good.
    But what if it’s not? What if what happens when our mind “wanders” is an essential part of how our brains work and crucial to our concentration and ability to think creatively?
    What if your relationship with distraction is stopping you from living your fullest life?
    When award-winning journalist Manoush Zomorodi posed these question to her listeners on her hugely popular New York public radio Podcast, the answer, from neuroscientists, psychologists and experts was a resounding yes. So over the course of a week, she led her listeners through a week of exercises designed to help them reassess their technology habits, unplug for part of each week and jumpstart their creativity. The response was astonishing.
    Now, in Bored and Brilliant, she will show you why the key to changing everything may be making time to do nothing by taking you through a series of challenges that will help you rethink and recalibrate your relationship with technology in small but important ways.
    This book is both a fascinating account of our new relationship with boredom and a practical guide to inviting a little more of it into your life and reawakening your creativity and productivity.

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