How to retrain our brain to improve our emotional behaviour by pioneering neuroscientist
Sharon Begley is the author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, which was published in 2007, was on The New York Times extended list, and Amazon's bestsellers lists, and has been sold in 16 countries. Sharon is the acclaimed Science Editor and columnist at Newsweek. Professor Richard Davidson was the first to identify the science of emotion. He is hailed everywhere from The New York Times to The New Scientist and by everyone from Daniel Goleman to Deepak Chopra and Ruby Wax. He heads up the psychology lab at the University of Wisconsin.
In this spine-tingling journey through the hills of the Himalayas and the circuitry of your brain, visionary neuroscientist Richard Davidson uncovers deep and practical insights into humanity's oldest questions. Who are we as individuals? What are the origins of our minds? How do we find peace and cultivate greater kindness for all? Weaving together the latest neuroscience of brain plasticity and emotion and the timeless wisdom of Buddhist thought, The Emotional Life of your Brain will lead you to answers to these questions, and leave you inspired by science and the promise of change for the better. * Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., author of Born to Be Good * Richard Davidson's distinguished scientific career has been dedicated to making sense of human emotion and deepening its significance. Now, with the help of writer Sharon Begley, he turns a trove of accumulated facts into wisdom accessible to lay readers and directly applicable to their lives. * Antonio Damasio, Ph.D., author of Self Comes to Mind and The Feeling of What Happens * A mind-opening journey guided by one of the world's great pioneers in the study of emotion. Richard Davidson addresses the questions about how we become who we are with a scientific rigor and impassioned curiosity that enable us to understand others and ourselves, as well as to directly influence how we approach life with a sense of resilience and vitality. He also crucially reveals the science-proven steps we can take to improve the function and even the structure of our brain. Soak in the wisdom of these pages and enjoy! * Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Mindsight * This superb book is many things -- a crystal clear tour of the neuroscience of emotion; a primer about how the scientific process works; a personal story by a really likeable guy; and the promise of a better world. This is a wonderful book. * Robert M. Sapolsky,Ph.D., author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers and Monkeyluv * Richard Davidson, a visionary neuropsychologist, joins with Sharon Begley, one of the most astute science writers, to illuminate the dimensions of our emotional make up and offer cogent and compelling ways for us to grow into more effective and fulfilled selves. * Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School & co-author of Your Medical Mind * The best book I know on how to use the exciting discoveries of neuroscience to change your life. A fabulous read - a scientific adventure story like Sherlock Holmes meeting Watson and Crick with the Dalai Lama as their advisor. * Jack Kornfield PhD * What a gift from the world's leading neuroscientist who works on what makes life worth living. This is a must read for everyone who is interested in positive psychology. * Martin E. P. Seligman, Author of Learned Optimism and Flourish * Whether he is measuring neural activity in the laboratory or climbing the Himalayas to meet the Dalai Lama, Davidson is an inveterate explorer who has spent a lifetime probing the deep mystery of human feeling. Don't miss this smart and lively book by the world's foremost expert on emotion and the brain. * Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Stumbling on Happiness * 'an eye-opener...replete with breakthrough research that will change the way you see yourself and everyone you know...cutting edge findings formulated in a delightful, can't-put-it-down read. I loved this book. * Daniel Goleman * We all ask the question "who am I?". For me this guy has answered it. * Ruby Wax * Look forward to cultivating keener attention, having more attunement to others, and being more connected to your own intuition. It's all possible - and this book shows you how. * Deepak Chopra *
Davidson (Univ. of Wisconsin's Keck Laboratory) and Begley (Reuter's senior health and science correspondent) take readers through Davidson's discovery of, and research on, what he calls "the six dimensions of emotional style." Mixing personal narrative with effective neuroscience, Davidson makes a case that it is possible to change our brains through mental activity alone. Narrated well by Arthur Morey, the audiobook discusses each emotional style in depth, providing self-tests along the way, then suggests exercises to change our brains and consequently our emotional styles. VERDICT Recommended for those looking to alter their behavior more than readers with an interest in neuroscience. [The Hudson Street hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.