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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daniel G. Amen
Publisher: Crown Archetype (2012, Feb 14th).
From Barnes & NobleIn this new book, physician/psychiatrist Daniel Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Body) explains how breakthrough brain imaging science can be applied to improve the quality of your life. — Edward Ash-Milby Kirkus ReviewsClinical neuroscientist and public-broadcasting favorite Amen ( moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jonah Lehrer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012, Mar 13th).
Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration, and explains why criticism is essential to the process. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Nicola Davies
Publisher: Candlewick (2011, Nov 8th).
How does a stinkbug flirt, a bee give orders, or a panda say "back off"? A celebrated duo is back with a guide to messaging, animal-style.Humans aren't the only creatures who are constantly talking and transmitting messages: animals find all sorts of ways to keep in touch without saying a word. They use colors, patterns, smells, movements, vibrations, sounds, and even electricity to help them identify their own family or "team" -- not to mention find food and shelter, defend their territory, woo the proper mate, and care for their young. From the chatter of dolphins to the click of a moth, from the stripes of a reef fish to the rumbling of elephants, this funny, fascinating book unlocks the mysteries of how animals talk and squawk to one another-- and how humans try to talk back. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability