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Curtis's Recommended Books

Must reads for those interested in Neuroplasicity

Index of Books

  • Sharon Begley: Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How A New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential To Transform Ourselves
  • Sharon Begley: You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution For Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, And Taking Control Of Your Life

  • Peter Carruthers: The Architecture Of The Mind

  • Moheb Costandi: Neuroplasticity (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series)

  • Norman Doidge: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science Paperback – December 18, 2007

  • Norman Doidge: The Brain’s Way Of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries And Recoveries From The Frontiers Of Neuroplasticity

  • Cecilia Heyes: Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution Of Thinking
  • Cecilia Heyes: The Evolution Of Cognition (Vienna Series In Theoretical Biology)

  • Flavio Fröhlich: Network Neuroscience

  • Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence 

  • Art Markman: Bring Your Brain To Work: Using Cognitive Science To Get A Job, Do It Well, And Advance Your Career Shannon Moffett: The

  • Shannon Moffett: Three-Pound Enigma: The Human Brain And The Quest To Unlock Its Mysteries

  • Kenneth J. Rothman: Modern Epidemiology

  • Oliver Sacks: Musicophilia: Tales Of Music And The Brain, Revised And Expanded Edition

  • Scientific American: Fragile Brain | Neurodegenerative Diseases

Featured Book of the Month!


Brain disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s affect an estimated one in six Americans and are increasing in incidence as the population ages. In this eBook, we examine these and other conditions involving the damage and loss of neurons, including other forms of dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life

Two neuroscience experts explain how their 4-Step Method can help identify negative thoughts and change bad habits for good.

A leading neuroplasticity researcher and the coauthor of the groundbreaking books Brain Lock and The Mind and the Brain, Jeffrey M. Schwartz has spent his career studying the human brain. He pioneered the first mindfulness-based treatment program for people suffering from OCD, teaching patients how to achieve long-term relief from their compulsions.

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Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

In this fascinating and far-reaching book, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on how cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds.
Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity–the ability of the brain to change in response to experience–reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma,

The Plastic Mind

by Sharon Begley

For decades, the conventional wisdom of neuroscience held that the hardware of the brain is fixed – that we are stuck with what we were born with. But recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity reveal that the brain is capable not only of altering its structure but also of generating new neurons, even into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma and compensate for disability.

In this groundbreaking book, highly respected science writer Sharon Begley documents how this fundamental paradigm shift is transforming both our understanding of the human mind and our approach to deep-seated emotional, cognitive and behavioural problems.

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The Architecture of the Mind

by Peter Carruthers

Peter Carruthers, a leading philosopher of mind, provides a comprehensive development and defense of one of the guiding assumptions of evolutionary psychology: that the human mind is composed of a large number of semi-independent modules.

Written with unusual clarity and directness, and surveying an extensive range of research in cognitive science, it will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in the nature and organization of the mind

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Neuroplasticity (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series)

The real story of how our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes―with or without “brain training.”

Fifty years ago, neuroscientists thought that a mature brain was fixed like a fly in amber, unable to change. Today, we know that our brains and nervous systems change throughout our lifetimes. This concept of neuroplasticity has captured the imagination of a public eager for self-improvement―and has inspired countless Internet entrepreneurs who peddle dubious “brain training” games and apps. In this book, Moheb Costandi offers a concise and engaging overview of neuroplasticity for the general reader, describing how our brains change continuously in response to our actions and experiences.

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science Paperback – December 18, 2007

An astonishing new science called “neuroplasticity” is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

From stroke patients learning to speak again to the remarkable case of a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, The Brain That Changes Itself will permanently alter the way we look at our brains, human nature, and human potential.

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The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

by Norman Doidge

In his first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge introduced readers to the most important change in our understanding of the brain since the beginning of modern science: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—the phenomenon of neuroplasticity. Now, his revolutionary new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works.

 

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The Evolution of Cognition (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology)

by Cecilia Heyes

In the last decade, “evolutionary psychology” has come to refer exclusively to research on human mentality and behavior, motivated by a nativist interpretation of how evolution operates. This book encompasses the behavior and mentality of nonhuman as well as human animals and a full range of evolutionary approaches. Rather than a collection by and for the like-minded, it is a debate about how evolutionary processes have shaped cognition.

The debate is divided into five sections: Orientations, on the phylogenetic, ecological, and psychological/comparative approaches to the evolution of cognition; Categorization, on how various animals parse their environments, how they represent objects and events and the relations among them; Causality, on whether and in what ways nonhuman animals represent cause and effect relationships; Consciousness, on whether it makes sense to talk about the evolution of consciousness and whether the phenomenon can be investigated empirically in nonhuman animals; and Culture, on the cognitive requirements for nongenetic transmission of information and the evolutionary consequences of such cultural exchange.

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Network Neuroscience

by Flavio Fröhlich

Key Features

  • Easy-to-read, comprehensive introduction to the emerging field of network neuroscience
  • Includes 27 chapters packed with information on topics from single neurons to complex network disorders such as depression and autism
  • Features 12 toolboxes serve as primers to provide essential background knowledge in the fields of biology, mathematics, engineering, and physics
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Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence 

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences and slowly from good ones, but you can change this.

Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy.

But each day is filled with opportunities to build inner strengths and Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism.

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Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

How did human minds become so different from those of other animals? What accounts for our capacity to understand the way the physical world works, to think ourselves into the minds of others, to gossip, read, tell stories about the past, and imagine the future? These questions are not new: they have been debated by philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists, evolutionists, and neurobiologists over the course of centuries. One explanation widely accepted today is that humans have special cognitive instincts. Unlike other living animal species, we are born with complicated mechanisms for reasoning about causation, reading the minds of others, copying behaviors, and using language.

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The Three-Pound Enigma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock Its Mysteries

by  Shannon Moffett

The average human brain weighs three pounds—80 percent of which is water—and yet it’s capable of outstripping the computational and storage capacities of the most complex computer. But how the mind works remains one of humankind’s greatest mysteries.

With boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, Shannon Moffett, a Stanford medical student, takes us down the halls of neuroscience to the front lines of cutting-edge research and medicine to meet some of today’s most extraordinary scientists and thinkers, all grappling with provocative questions: Why do we dream? How does memory work? How do we see? What happens when we think?

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Bring Your Brain to Work: Using Cognitive Science to Get a Job, Do it Well, and Advance Your Career

by  Art Markman

To succeed at work, first you need to understand your own brain

If you’re in a job interview, how should you think about the mindset of the interviewer? If you’ve just been promoted, how do you handle the tensions of managing former peers? And what are the telltale mental signs that it’s time to start planning your next career move?

We know that psychology can teach us much about behaviors and challenges relevant to work, such as making better decisions, influencing people, and dealing with stress. But many popular books on these topics analyze them as universal human phenomena without providing real-life, constructive career help.

Bring Your Brain to Work changes all that. Professor, author, and popular radio host Art Markman

 

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ModernEpidemiology

by Kenneth J. Rothman
The thoroughly revised and updated Third Edition of the acclaimed Modern Epidemiology reflects both the conceptual development of this evolving science and the increasingly focal role that epidemiology plays in dealing with public health and medical problems. Coauthored by three leading epidemiologists, with contributions from sixteen experts in a variety of epidemiologic sub-disciplines, this new edition is by far the most comprehensive and cohesive text on the principles and methods of epidemiologic research.

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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Revised and Expanded Edition

by Oliver Sacks

With the same trademark compassion and erudition he brought to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Oliver Sacks explores the place music occupies in the brain and how it affects the human condition. In Musicophilia, he shows us a variety of what he calls “musical misalignments.”

Among them: a man struck by lightning who suddenly desires to become a pianist at the age of forty-two; an entire group of children with Williams syndrome, who are hypermusical from birth; people with “amusia,” to whom a symphony sounds like the clattering of pots and pans; and a man whose memory spans only seven seconds-for everything but music. Illuminating, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable, Musicophilia is Oliver Sacks’ latest masterpiece.

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