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Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You Lecture

Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

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The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

Want to curb a few bad habits? Try making a notebook entry every time you perform the habit. Have a big project and feel the urge to procrastinate? Do nothing for 20 minutes and you'll feel ready to get to work. Come down with a case of the blues? Eat some fermented foods such as yogurt or sourdough bread.

From the myth of multitasking to the mechanisms behind falling in love, Professor Vishton shows you what is happening inside your brain to examine why we behave the way we do. What you'll discover is that the subconscious guides much of our behavior, leading to a kind of autopilot when it comes to making important decisions. Whether we're distracted by too many tasks, being influenced by crafty marketers, or simply living in a rut of bad habits, our conscious brains aren't always guiding us toward the best actions.

Using evidence from classic psychological studies such as John Watson's behaviorism experiments or Stanley Milgram's obedience studies, as well as the latest in scientific brain research, Professor Vishton gives you insights into how the mind operates, why our subconscious is so often in control, and what we can do change our behaviors.

You'll learn how the imagination can be as powerful as physical practice, explore the subtle art of persuasion, unpack the keys to healthy living, delve into the psychology of anger and fear, and much more. When you complete this course, you will have an abundant list of practical, everyday ways to strengthen your creativity, improve your problem-solving, enhance your health, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    Guilherme 11-30-16
    Guilherme 11-30-16 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    This book deserves 5 stars and you would buy it. Why? Because it deals with our habits, , especially bad ones, and the author has an extensive evidence based knowledge on how to change them, It also deals a lot in how the human brain operates. And you are essentially your brains. You would be saving hundreds of dollars from therapy if you could just implement less than half the recommendations from this book.

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    Indraneel Dabhade India 11-12-16
    Indraneel Dabhade India 11-12-16
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    If you could sum up Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding, Enlightening, Applicable


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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Overcome obstacles by understanding your brain.


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    Provides deep insights into latest developments in neurosciences. Deals with overcoming everyday problems like fears, phobias, insomnia etc. Couldn't have been more thorough in explaining the functioning and control of key parts of your brain including hippocampus and amygdala. A course for everyone but won't go to the extent of saying a course for all age groups. The part I enjoyed the most was about exercising using your brain without moving a muscle. Tricking yourself into thinking you are exercising. Haha. Looking forward for more courses by Dr. Vishton.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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