Unthinkable

Unthinkable

Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people.

Author: Helen Thomson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473611764

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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'Wonderfully clear, fluent and eye-opening' THE TIMES 'A stirring scientific journey, a celebration of human diversity and a call to rethink the "unthinkable"' NATURE 'An utterly fascinating romp around the nether regions of the human mind' BIG ISSUE IMAGINE . . . getting lost in a one-room flat; seeing auras; never forgetting a moment; a permanent orchestra in your head; turning into a tiger; life as an out-of-body experience; feeling other people's pain; being convinced you are dead; becoming a different person overnight. Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathise and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced - or disappeared overnight? Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years travelling the world tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people. From the man who thinks he's a tiger to the doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways. Delving into the rich histories of these conditions, exploring the very latest research and cutting-edge medical techniques, Thomson explains the workings of our consciousness, our emotions, our creativity and even the mechanisms that allow us to understand our own existence. Story by remarkable story, Unthinkable takes us on an unforgettable journey through the human brain. Discover how to forge memories that never disappear, how to grow an alien limb and how to make better decisions. Learn how to hallucinate and how to make yourself happier in a split second. Find out how to avoid getting lost, how to see more of your reality, even how exactly you can confirm you are alive. Think the unthinkable.
Categories: Medical

Summary Analysis of Unthinkable

Summary   Analysis of Unthinkable

PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book.

Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/2MY4Lr5 Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson unlocks the secrets of the world's strangest brains—from a man who believes he is a tiger, to a woman who gets lost in her own house, to the doctor who can feel the pain of others just by looking at them. Unthinkable will change the way you think about your own brain! What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? Synopsis of the original book Summary & Key Takeaways from each case study Overview of the science behind each phenomena A brief history of brain science Editorial Review Background on the author About the Original Book: Helen Thomson's first book, Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains, is the tale of nine of the most unbelieveable brain phenomena ever recorded. From a man whose personality changed overnight to a man who believed he was dead, this part-neuroscience, part-narrative dives deep into the personal stories of each of these cases. Rather than present just the science behind these extraordinary phenomena, Thomson takes an intimate approach to unravel more about what these conditions can teach us about our own brains. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/2vOEeGi purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
Categories: Psychology

This Book Could Fix Your Life

This Book Could Fix Your Life

From building confidence and boosting creativity to forming better relationships and getting smarter (and healthier), This Book Could Fix Your Life explores the real science behind self-help.

Author: New Scientist

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529311426

Category: Self-Help

Page: 295

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We all want to be happier, more successful and less stressed, but what really works? From building confidence and boosting creativity to forming better relationships and getting smarter (and healthier), This Book Could Fix Your Life explores the real science behind self-help. HOW TO BOOST YOUR IQ THE SCIENCE OF SUCCESSFUL DATING HOW TO BREAK BAD HABITS HOW TO ACE EXAMS WHAT TO EAT TO FEEL HAPPIER HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE HEALTHIER LONGER Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has zero desire to become a lifestyle guru, she just wants to help us understand the often surprising truths behind meditation, resilience, addiction, willpower, love, good sleep, CBT, success, dieting, antidepressants, intelligence and much, much more. Full of fascinating evidence-based advice pulled from the very latest research and packed with experiments you can try on yourself (including one guaranteed to lift your mood), this book really could help you fix your life.
Categories: Self-Help

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

In Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains, Helen Thomson describes a woman whose world flips fortyfive degrees whenever she drives on a curved road or walks along a winding corridor.

Author: Michael Bond

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509841080

Category: Science

Page: 352

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'[A] fascinating, incisive account of how the human brain evolved to keep us orientated . . . Beautifully written and researched.' - Isabella Tree, author of Wilding The physical world is infinitely complex, yet most of us are able to find our way around it. We can walk through unfamiliar streets while maintaining a sense of direction, take shortcuts along paths we have never used and remember for many years places we have visited only once. These are remarkable achievements. In Wayfinding, Michael Bond explores how we do it: how our brains make the ‘cognitive maps’ that keep us orientated, even in places that we don’t know. He considers how we relate to places, and asks how our understanding of the world around us affects our psychology and behaviour. The way we think about physical space has been crucial to our evolution: the ability to navigate over large distances in prehistoric times gave Homo sapiens an advantage over the rest of the human family. Children are instinctive explorers, developing a spatial understanding as they roam. And yet today few of us make use of the wayfaring skills that we inherited from our nomadic ancestors. Most of us have little idea what we may be losing. Bond seeks an answer to the question of why some of us are so much better at finding our way than others. He also tackles the controversial subject of sex differences in navigation, and finally tries to understand why being lost can be such a devastating psychological experience. For readers of writers as different as Robert Macfarlane and Oliver Sacks, Wayfinding is a book that can change our sense of ourselves.
Categories: Science

The Brain

The Brain

... 2012) Troubleshooting Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains, Helen Thomson (John Murray, 2018) Angst: Origins of Anxiety and Depression, Jeffrey Kahn (Oxford University Press, 2012) Anatomy of ...

Author: New Scientist

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473629318

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Congratulations! You're the proud owner of the most complex information processing device in the known universe. The human brain comes equipped with all sorts of useful design features, but also many bugs and weaknesses. Problem is you don't get an owner's manual. You have to just plug and play. As a result, most of us never properly understand how our brains work and what they're truly capable of. We fail get the best out of them, ignore some of their most useful features and struggle to overcome their design faults. Featuring witty essays and fascinating 'try this at home' experiments, New Scientist take you on a journey through intelligence, memory, creativity, the unconscious and beyond. From the strange ways to distort what we think of as 'reality' to the brain hacks that can improve memory, The Brain: A User's Guide will help you understand your brain and show you how to use it to its full potential.
Categories: Science

What Is a Human

What Is a Human

We will next turn to ways in which you are different from—but not better than—a termite. ... Descartes' error: Emotion, reason, and the human brain. ... Unthinkable: An extraordinary journey through the world's strangest brains.

Author: James Paul Gee

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030503826

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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In a sweeping synthesis of new research in a number of different disciplines, this book argues that we humans are not who we think we are. As he explores the interconnections between cutting-edge work in bioanthropology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, human language and learning, and beyond, James Paul Gee advances, also, a personal philosophy of language, learning, and culture, informed by his decades of work across linguistics and the social sciences. Gee argues that our schools, institutions, legal systems, and societies are designed for creatures that do not exist, thus resulting in multiple, interacting crises, such as climate change, failing institutions, and the rise of nationalist nationalism. As Gee constructs an understanding of the human that takes into account our social, collective, and historical nature, as established by recent research, he inspires readers to reflect for themselves on the very question of who we are—a key consideration for anyone interested in society, government, schools, health, activism, culture and diversity, or even just survival.
Categories: Social Science

This Book Will Blow Your Mind

This Book Will Blow Your Mind

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant (Canongate, 2016) Superhuman: Life at the Extremes ... Think by Hans Rosling (Sceptre, 2018) Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains by ...

Author: New Scientist

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473628632

Category: Science

Page: 336

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What's the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time and does it even exist? These are the biggest imagination-stretching, brain-staggering questions in the universe - and here are their fascinating answers. From quantum weirdness to freaky cosmology (like white holes - which spew out matter instead of sucking it in), This Book Will Blow Your Mind takes you on an epic journey to the furthest extremes of science, to the things you never thought possible. This book will explain: Why part of the universe missing (and how scientists finally found it) How time might also flow backwards How human head transplants might be possible (in the very near future) Whether the universe is a hologram And why we are all zombies Filled with counterintuitive stories and factoids you can't wait to share, as well as lots of did-you-knows and plenty of how-did-we-ever-not-knows, this new book from the bestselling New Scientist series will blow your mind - and then put it back together again. You don't need a spaceship to travel to the extremes of science. You just need this book.
Categories: Science

Emotional intelligence Does it really matter

Emotional intelligence  Does it really matter

Sabihi, S. (2017) Role of oxytocin and GABA in the prefrontal cortex in mediating anxiety behaviour. Ohio state University. ... Thomson, H. (2018) Unthinkable: an extraordinary journey through the world's strangest brains. John Murray.

Author: Phillip Walden Bowen

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622738120

Category: Psychology

Page: 280

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What really is emotional intelligence? This book, aimed primarily at the university academic and those working and/or studying in higher education, seeks to help readers understand the term and the role emotional intelligence plays in education and business. It clearly identifies and critiques the three main models: the ability model (Salovey and Mayer), the mixed Model (Goleman, Bar-On) and the trait model (Petrides and Furnham). It discusses eustress, distress and chronic stress, reflecting on the effects negative types of stress can have on the human body, demonstrating how the modern workplace can lead to burnout. It emphasizes the importance of a healthy work/life balance while acknowledging the demands and pressures placed on organisations to compete within the global marketplace. It also explores how one may understand and process emotions, considering terms such as “learned optimism” and “learned helplessness”. Room for discussion is also given to the influence of bullying and harassment in the workplace and types of therapy that are presently available. It discusses strategies for coping with challenging experiences, providing anecdotes and case studies from university academics. It also considers how personality relates to emotional intelligence and how people cope with challenging experiences. The book delves into the term “intelligence”, showing how theories surrounding the concept have developed over the twentieth century; and it elucidates the link between emotional intelligence and wellbeing. The author discusses the effect stress can have on human telomeres (thus shortening lifespan) and sheds light on the darker sides of human nature, such as the so-called “dark triad” personality traits (psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellian behaviour). Overall, the book is dedicated to the vital question: “Emotional intelligence: does it really matter?”
Categories: Psychology

Sustain Your Game

Sustain Your Game

High Performance Keys to Manage Stress, Avoid Stagnation, and Beat Burnout Alan Stein, Jon Sternfeld ... the smile: Helen Thomson, Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains (New York: Ecco, 2018), 183.

Author: Alan Stein

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780306926235

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Sustain Your Game is built upon a simple premise: each of us will always be under construction, a work in progress, and constantly evolving. The goal is to be moving toward our highest potential, toward making a meaningful contribution, and toward becoming the best version of ourselves. Based on his years as a successful basketball performance coach—having worked with and alongside superstars like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant—and a keynote speaker to major companies like Pepsi and Amex, Alan Stein Jr. brings you the keys to lasting, unimaginable success. The secret? Sustain Your Game teaches a timeline of short term to medium term to long term because we are always battling all three: stress in the now, stagnation in the present, and burnout in the long term. Part I—PERFORM is about managing stress in the day-to-day (short term) Part II—PIVOT is about avoiding stagnation in your current situation (medium term) Part III—PREVAIL is about beating burnout and making a lasting impact (long term) This book is for high performers who want to learn practical strategies and action steps on how to sustain their game across all three timelines. It assembles invaluable advice and lessons from successful athletes, entrepreneurs, social scientists, journalists, CEOs, motivational speakers, business coaches, and consultants, as well as Alan’s own personal stories.
Categories: Business & Economics

Inventing Reality

Inventing Reality

Helen Thomson, Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains (New York: Harper Collins, 2018). 21. Rob Brotherton, Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, ...

Author: Jeffrey Schrank

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

ISBN: 9781642379365

Category: Psychology

Page: 390

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You are a reality inventor. People simply don't give you enough credit; in fact, you don't appreciate your own creative ability. What does it mean to be a reality inventor? Isn't reality simply stuff that's out there? We see,hear, taste, feel, and smell it; but we certainly don't invent it. This book claims that you do. Humans are animals who create stories. We are unable to not story--we speak and think in stories called sentences. INVENTING REALITY explores the psychology of story making and confabulation. We confabulate when we create stories without an awareness of our authorship. These confabulations are not perceived as invented stories; instead they become our personal reality.
Categories: Psychology