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Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power Hardcover – 26 Dec 2013


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  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (26 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594631271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594631276
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A rare thing: enjoyable reading that can also improve your life (Gretch Reynolds, author of 'The First 20 Minutes')

This may be the most important revolution of our time! (Carol Dweck, author of 'Mindset: The New Psychology of Success')

Smarter is an essential read. It's a riveting look at the birth of a new science as well as a user's manual for anyone who wants to be better at solving problems, learning new things, and coming up with creative ideas. (Daniel H. Pink, author of 'Drive' and 'A Whole New Mind') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dan Hurley is the author of The 60-Second Novelist: What 22613 People Taught Me about Life, Natural Causes and Diabetes Rising.He was contributing editor of Psychology Today, is the Senior Writer at the Medical Tribune, won the investigative journalism award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and writes regularly for Discover, The New York Times and Neurology Today. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Late-Night Reader on 28 April 2014
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A classic example of how to spin out a handful of really good ideas into a whole book, thereby diluting them and wasting readers' time and money. The basic premise is that inteligence is not fixed and you can train your brain just as you can do with your body in a gym. So far so good. Hurley gives us a bunch of things to do that may help boost fluid intelligence. Things like exercise (especially where you can track and improve your performance), N-back working memory training games, learning a musical instrument, drink coffee, use nicotine patches. Also he made himself a human guinea pig by testing his iQ before and after this training. All great stuff - but would only fill a couple of chapters. So how to pad out the book? Well he just did tons of interviews with various fueding academics in the field and jouranlistically threw in their quotes everywhere and dramatised their spats - for chapter after chapter. If you have the paperback book you can get full value from skimming through it - this was a bit harder on the Kindle edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Minton on 27 Mar 2014
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The good: provides a nice introduction and summary of the emerging academic fields of brain training. the author is engaged but sufficiently sceptical of the claims and evidence.

The bad: trying to force this material into a "journey" narrative format leads to it switching to a more narrative form in places, which can be useful for getting the social texture of academic and commercial research but also invites navel gazing and padding.

The good: revealed some behind the scenes discussions between academics, some of which were surprising (for example, research on the cognitive effects on nicotine).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2014
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With rare exception, the best works of non-fiction provide a journey of discovery for their reader and that is certainly true of this one, together with the significant value-added benefit that those who read it accompany Dan Hurley on his own journey of discovery as he attempts to determine whether or not he or anyone else is smart enough to make himself smarter. As he explains, he met with more than 200 eminent scientists and other experts on brain training and road-tested many of the methods on himself. He was his own guinea pig while learning to play the Renaissance lute, joining an intense "boot camp" mental exercise class, attempting mindfulness meditation, and even undergoing transcranial direct-current stimulation ("Jumper Cables for the Mind"). He shares what he learned in this book.

For example:

o Although results vary between and among those who receive mental training, it really can help almost anyone can become smarter.

o Some of these programs are more scientific than others in terms of design, instruction, and measurement.

o Becoming smarter does not necessarily mean becoming wiser.

o Mental training as a science is less than ten years old, in its infancy, and so much more needs to be learned about how it can help make people smarter about becoming smarter.

o One of the most valuable -- and most exciting -- areas of research to explore consists of ways to train certain functions for those who belief in plasticity, "which is really indisputable at this point."

When reflecting back on his journey of discovery, Dan Hurley observes, "If intelligence is calculated by what we do, you hold in your hands the single best measure of mine. My days of training were filled purposeful, challenging tasks of all kinds...
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Easy to read, full of great ideas and it will open your mind. I highly recomemmend this book. I am already practicing some of its ideas!
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