site discusses how your personal style of brain wiring affects your life and
learning. Brain Wiring is a colloquial term for neurobiochemistry, the
complex interaction among genetics, experience, and biochemistry that takes
place in the brain.
is a terrific source for information on improving organizational and
individual thinking. The Thinking Page is divided into five sections, each
with its own perspective on thinking and its own unique insights. The five
(the perspective that helps us see and understand the big picture in new
(channeling creativity creates innovation and improvement),
(helping us understand feedback and improve decision making),
(deciphering the effects of biology, culture, and experience on our
(a column of thoughts about thinking.)
offers brainy toys for kids of all ages. We are particularly fond of
Challenge yourself with the
Perplexer of the Week.
is an outstanding monthly newsletter featuring articles on the leading-edge
of brain research. Each month writers and researchers bring you the latest
findings on the brain and learning. They weave neuroscientific discoveries
into something immediate, specific, and easy-to-implement the very next
workday. This online newsletter will revolutionize the way you teach, train,
or serve as a change agent, parent, or administrator.
is a terrific resources in an unlikely place. Why did CIO create this space?
Human behavior is an unquestionable component of Internet development.
Existing ways that we act upon the world infiltrate and shape the Web while
at the same time new ones are created. This research center attempts to
explore the impact behavior has on shaping the Web and to detect novel
behaviors that emerge as a result of this newer communications technology.
The general guideline for inclusion of resources on these pages is
information that explores the reciprocal relationship between behavior and
the Web, not one or the other as separate entities.
offers lots of links and ideas to help you "Work Smarter, Learn Faster and
Manage Information More Effectively"
website specialized in brain research applied to learning. They also put on
conferences, training programs, and publish all sorts of materials.
will help you find high quality learning and networking events for people
interested in new ideas and new ways of working. Also visit the
is the personal website of Stig Hackvän. Brain bending and inspiring!
offers a layman's view of
biochemical basis of behavior, personality,
Do we really use only 10 percent of our brains?
Barry L. Beyerstein of the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver explains. Scientific American,
April 2004. Whenever I venture out of the Ivory Tower to deliver public
lectures about the brain, by far the most likely question I can expect as
the talk winds up is, "Do we really only use 10 percent of our brains?" The
look of disappointment that usually follows when I say it isn't so strongly
suggests that the 10-percent myth is one of those hopeful shibboleths that
refuses to die simply because it would be so darn nice if it were true. I'm
sure none of us would turn down a mighty hike in brainpower if it were
attainable, and a seemingly never-ending stream of crackpot schemes and
devices continues to be advanced by hucksters who trade on the myth. Always
on the lookout for a "feel-good" story, the media have also played their
part in keeping the myth alive. [added April-9-04]
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by Francis A. Yates
by Peter Russell (New York: Plume, 1979)
Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind. by William H.
Calvin (Bradford Books, 1998)
Conversations With Neil's Brain: The Neural Nature of Thought and Language
by William H. Calvin, George A. Ojemann (Perseus Press, 1995)
Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. This
outstanding book discusses the role emotions play in our lives. Skilled at
making scientific data quite readable, Goleman demonstrates that paying
attention to the development of emotions is at least as important as paying
attention to the development of intellect. He pinpoints some of the "next
steps" in brain and educational research that could follow the cognitive
science movement. And most importantly, Goleman suggests that emotional
intelligence can and should be taught.
The Everyday Genius by Peter Kline
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by
Mihaly Csikszenthmihalyi. This brilliant work explains how to enter a state
in which we become so engrossed in an activity that we lose all sense of
time. Csikszenthmihalyi examines what it takes to enter this state, and what
happens once we are in it.
Frames of Mind by Howard Gardner. This extremely
important book introduces the notion of multiple intelligence. Basically,
Gardner asserts that intelligence consists of seven parts, and that we all
have different strengths and weaknesses among our seven parts. Vastly
detailed, this resource can make for tough reading.
Think: Evolving Intelligence, Then and Now by William H. Calvin.
How to Think
Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Everyday Genius by Michael
Gelb (Delacorte Press, 1998)
How We Know
What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life by
How We Think by John Dewey
Human Brain and Human Learning by Leslie A. Hart.
This book explores the relationship between how the brain works and how we
learn best. It is slightly more technical than Making Connections, discussed
below. Hart also offers an excellent overview of the evolution of the public
Illusions: How Mistakes of Reason Rule Our Minds by Massimo
Piatelli-Palmarini (John Wiley & Sons, English reissue 1996)
Intelligence Reframed by Howard Gardner
Irrationality: Why We Don't Think Straight! by Stuart Sutherland
by Daniel Kahneman, editor.
Start Your Brain
by Doug Hall and David Wecker (1996)
Inner Time: The Science of Body Clocks and What Makes
Us Tick by Carol Orlock (Birch Lane Press, 1993). This book tells a
compelling story of how your internal body clock influences all aspects of
your life. This book was re-released as
Know Your Body Clock: Discover Your Body's Inner Cycles and Rhythms and
Learn the Best Times for Creativity, Exercise, Sex, Sleep, and More
by Carol Orlock (Birch Lane Press, 1995)
Choices: A Recasting of Decision Theory by Frederic Schick. 1997.
Making Connections by R. Caine, and G. Caine. This
fantastic book discusses the relationship between the way the brain works
and the way people like to learn. It suggests that how the brain works does
matter and provides a holistic view of learning.
by Susan Blackmore, forward by Richard Dawkins (Oxford University Press,
2000). My most favorite examination of evolution and memetics (memes)
examines complexity as it influences all aspects of life and society.
Attention: An introduction to human information processing by Donald
A. Norman (John Wiley & Sons, 1969). This book is no longer in print, but if
you find a copy, get it!
The Mind's New Science by Howard Gardner. This book
reviews the history of the cognitive science movement and describes the many
disciplines comprising it. Readers will gain an appreciation for the variety
of cognitive science and its power. Tough to read and understand, this title
is not for the faint-of-heart.
by Joyce Wycoff. Berkley Books, 1991.
The Muse in
the Machine: Computerizing the Poetry of Human Thought by David
Hillel Gelernter (Free Press, 1994)
Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research
by Pierce J. Howard (Leornian Press, 1994)
Practical Intelligence in Everyday Life by Robert J. Sternberg
Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
by Scott Plous (McGraw-Hill, 1993)
Judgment and Decision Making: Currents, Connections, and Controversies.
William M. Goldstein and Robin M. Hogarth, editors (1997)
Successful Intelligence by Robert J. Sternberg
Yourself To Think
by Edward de Bono
Theories of Development by
Crain. This book gives a methodical breakdown of the child development
theories put forth by some of the most significant theorists of our time.
Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the
Machine by Donald A. Norman
for a Change
Michael J. Gelb (1996)
for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-expanding Technology (2nd
edition) by Howard Rheingold (MIT Press, 2000). The original version
of this book can be found online at
Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size
by Tor Nrretranders and Jonathan Sydenham, translator (Viking Press, 1999).
While this book is mostly about consciousness, a good portion offers a
thorough examination of information, complexity, and order as a way to
examine what we do (or don't) know. These notions are woven together as the
discussion of how our consciousness works begins.
Unleashing the Ideavirus
by Seth Godin. Download the book for free from Godin's website [requires
Acrobat .pdf ] Godin wants to prove that ideas, like viruses, can become
contagious and that information can spread most effectively from customer to
customer, rather than from controlling marketer to the customer. He's also
selling it in book form for $40 and expects it to sell.
Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid by Robert J. Sternberg