How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning
Author: Daniel Bor
Publisher: Hachette UK
Consciousness is our gateway to experience: it enables us to recognize Van Gogh’s starry skies, be enraptured by Beethoven’s Fifth, and stand in awe of a snowcapped mountain. Yet consciousness is subjective, personal, and famously difficult to examine: philosophers have for centuries declared this mental entity so mysterious as to be impenetrable to science. In The Ravenous Brain, neuroscientist Daniel Bor departs sharply from this historical view, and builds on the latest research to propose a new model for how consciousness works. Bor argues that this brain-based faculty evolved as an accelerated knowledge gathering tool. Consciousness is effectively an idea factory—that choice mental space dedicated to innovation, a key component of which is the discovery of deep structures within the contents of our awareness. This model explains our brains’ ravenous appetite for information—and in particular, its constant search for patterns. Why, for instance, after all our physical needs have been met, do we recreationally solve crossword or Sudoku puzzles? Such behavior may appear biologically wasteful, but, according to Bor, this search for structure can yield immense evolutionary benefits—it led our ancestors to discover fire and farming, pushed modern society to forge ahead in science and technology, and guides each one of us to understand and control the world around us. But the sheer innovative power of human consciousness carries with it the heavy cost of mental fragility. Bor discusses the medical implications of his theory of consciousness, and what it means for the origins and treatment of psychiatric ailments, including attention-deficit disorder, schizophrenia, manic depression, and autism. All mental illnesses, he argues, can be reformulated as disorders of consciousness—a perspective that opens up new avenues of treatment for alleviating mental suffering. A controversial view of consciousness, The Ravenous Brain links cognition to creativity in an ingenious solution to one of science’s biggest mysteries.
How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life
Author: David DiSalvo
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Science-based actions that can transform the way we think—and feel. Drawing on the latest research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and communications, the author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite replaces self-help with “science-help,” providing practical steps to change your thinking and your life. The human mind operates via a series of “feedback loops” generated in the brain. By identifying how these systems work, this book reveals that we can actually redirect our thinking through metacognition—a tool for thinking about thinking—to influence the brain’s response. Using relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, David DiSalvo demonstrates how the brain’s enormous capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a powerful tool we can control to change our lives.
This book examines cognition with a broad and comprehensive approach. Drawing upon the work of many researchers, McDowell applies current scientific thinking to enhance the understanding of psychotherapy and other contemporary topics, including economics and healthcare. Through the use of practical examples, his analysis is accessible to a wide range of readers. In particular, clinicians, physicians, and mental health professionals will learn more about the thought processes through which they and their patients assess information.
WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER Boost your brainpower with Memory Tips & Tricks. Like any other muscle in your body, your brain requires exercise to stay in shape and perform at its peak. Unfortunately, factors such as age, stress, and poor diet can contribute to permanent memory loss. Memory Tips & Tricks will explain the way memory works, and show you how to effectively combat memory loss. With simple techniques, you will be able to increase the capacity of your short-term memory, move new information into your long-term memory, and improve your ability to access stored memories throughout your life. A practical guide to memory improvement, Memory Tips & Tricks will teach you how to enhance the power of your brain, with: • Memory tools, tips, and techniques developed by leading experts, from an ancient Roman poet to modern psychiatrists • A brief overview of memory, including the most recognized and trusted memory tests used by psychologists and neurologists • 7 proven exercises for improving memory • Effective methods used by the top memory champions to win world championships • 20 foods and vitamins to boost your memory and improve cognition A guide to understanding memory, Memory Tips & Tricks offers effective and powerful tips and techniques for enhancing your memory and keeping your brain fit.
The Zombie Chasers take to the high seas in the sixth installment of John Kloepfer's hysterical Zombie Chasers tween series, illustrated by David DeGrand. With all the middle school shenanigans, fast-paced adventure, and hilarious black-and-white drawings that have made this series so beloved by reluctant readers everywhere, The Zombie Chasers #6: Zombies of the Caribbean is a gore-larious romp not to be missed! Zack Clarke and his team—Zoe, Rice, Ozzie, Madison, and Olivia—have fled the infested coasts of Florida, chased by a ravenous mob of super zombies. With no antidote in sight, there's only one person who can help them now: an eccentric explorer—and renowned zombie expert—who's lying low in a zombie-proof bunker somewhere in the Caribbean. As the pals fend off decomposing pirates, crusty crew mates, and putrid sea creatures, they race to uncover the cure for zombies everywhere. But will they be able to defeat the zombies of the Caribbean before the cure and their plan go overboard?
Build your mastery of English vocabulary--and ace the TOEFL test! The first step to passing any language-based exam is the mastery of vocabulary. Written by an ESL expert, McGraw- Hill Education: Essential Vocabulary for the TOEFL Test provides the methods you need to build vocabulary--both academic and campus--and the practice you need to perform strongly on test day. Organized in a way that helps you maximize your study time, this practical guide takes you through a strategic three-step process--learning and understanding vocabulary, building and recording vocabulary, and using vocabulary-- while offering exercises that help you remember word meanings and improve your feel of English. McGraw-Hill Education: Essential Vocabulary for the TOEFL Test features 20 academic-style readings focusing on advanced vocabulary from the Academic Word List, which is the kind of content you'll find in the TOEFL test reading and listening (lecture) sections. It also includes dialogues about university life that will prepare you for the TOEFL test listening section for campus-related topics. McGraw-Hill Education: Essential Vocabulary for the TOEFL Test provides More than 1,100 words you're most likely to see on the TOEFL test Exercises that build skills in paraphrasing, comprehension, and using new words in your writing 70 minutes of audio recordings of selected readings from throughout the book