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This issue of Scientific American Mind, a popular neuroscience and psychology magazine, features "The Social Psychology of Success", an article detailing research into the effect of social stereotypes on physical and mental performance. Four additional articles examine related neuropsychological issues including the unintentional manifestation of subconscious prejudice on everyday actions, the nature of human facial recognition abilities, the question of why some people drastically misperceive their own appearance, and the psychological key to orgasm: shutting down your conscience mind.

Narrator Mark Moran is a deft and careful performer, whose precise enunciation and unhurried pacing transform complex scientific ideas into easily digestible food for thought.

Publisher's Summary

"The Social Psychology of Success": New research explains why performance on intellectual and athletic tasks is shaped by awareness of stereotypes about groups.

"The Orgasmic Mind": Achieving sexual climax requires a complex conspiracy of sensory and psychological signals - and the silencing of your brain.

"A Face in the Crowd": Is our ability to recognize faces hardwired in the brain - or the result of lots of practice?

"Buried Prejudice": Deep within our subconscious, we all harbor biases that we consciously disapprove of - but we act on them.

"Imagined Ugliness": Some people are convinced they are hideously deformed because of obscure or nonexistent flaws.

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    Some interesting stuff...

    although the title article was not exactly what one expects when buying the magazine. (It is about overcoming stereotying, not general thinking for success.)

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    This is a TMZ or Torri Spelling Quality Book

    Total waste of space and the "Scientific American" readers must be idiots to consume this rubbish

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