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What Makes your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

DiSalvo, David (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
What Makes your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite
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Years of neuroscience research have led to the current understanding of the brain as a prediction machine. The problem is that our brains' evolved capacity for avoiding and defending against threats has a slew of by-products, all tightly woven into our day-to-day thinking and behavior, that ensnare us while making our threat-anticipating brains "happy."
Authors: DiSalvo, David, 1970-
Title: What makes your brain happy and why you should do the opposite
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: David DiSalvo
Contents: Foreword / Wray Herbert
Introduction: Hacking the cognitive compass
Certainty and the seduction of chance
Drifting, discounting, and escaping
Motivation, restraint, and regret
Social ebbs and influential flows
Memory and modeling
Nothing so pure as action
Summary: Years of neuroscience research have led to the current understanding of the brain as a prediction machine. The problem is that our brains' evolved capacity for avoiding and defending against threats has a slew of by-products, all tightly woven into our day-to-day thinking and behavior, that ensnare us while making our threat-anticipating brains "happy."
ISBN: 9781616144838
1616144831
Branch Call Number: 152.42 D6111w 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Happiness Logic Desire Neurosciences
Topical Term: Happiness
Logic
Desire
Neurosciences
LCCN: 2011028695
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Oct 01, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think the title is a bit misleading, but it is a great neuroscience read for the layperson, with excellent suggestions for further reading. It is hard to take all the information in, but if you get just a couple of things from it, I think you'll appreciate it.

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