The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

Annie Murphy Paul

A bold new book that proves our bodies and surroundings know more than our brains do For centuries, we've believed that our thoughts happen entirely inside our brains.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Publish Date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 9780544947665
ISBN-10: 0544947665
Language: English

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One of the most overlooked discoveries in all the advancements we've made in understanding how the brain functions in recent decades is that it has its limits. Science journalist Annie Murphy Paul helps us overcome some of those limits by teaching us how our cognition extends into our bodies, our environment, and our relationships with others. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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A bold new book that proves our bodies and surroundings know more than our brains do For centuries, we've believed that our thoughts happen entirely inside our brains. But in the last decade, new research has revealed that our bodies, our gestures, and our surroundings dramatically impact our intelligence and mental health. For example, did you know that closing your eyes makes you smarter, that half an hour among trees is as effective as a dose of Ritalin at controlling ADHD, that certain hand gestures aid memory, and that negotiators win an average of 80 percent more value when on their own turf? Indeed, as Annie Murphy Paul shows, we are constantly thinking outside our brains. Like Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences or Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, The Extended Mind offers a dramatic new view of how our minds work, full of practical advice on how to think--and feel--better.

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