Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Peter M. Vishton
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.
Want to curb a few bad habits? Try making a notebook entry every time you perform the habit. Have a big project and feel the urge to procrastinate? Do nothing for 20 minutes and you'll feel ready to get to work. Come down with a case of the blues? Eat some fermented foods such as yogurt or sourdough bread.
From the myth of multitasking to the mechanisms behind falling in love, Professor Vishton shows you what is happening inside your brain to examine why we behave the way we do. What you'll discover is that the subconscious guides much of our behavior, leading to a kind of autopilot when it comes to making important decisions. Whether we're distracted by too many tasks, being influenced by crafty marketers, or simply living in a rut of bad habits, our conscious brains aren't always guiding us toward the best actions.
Using evidence from classic psychological studies such as John Watson's behaviorism experiments or Stanley Milgram's obedience studies, as well as the latest in scientific brain research, Professor Vishton gives you insights into how the mind operates, why our subconscious is so often in control, and what we can do change our behaviors.
You'll learn how the imagination can be as powerful as physical practice, explore the subtle art of persuasion, unpack the keys to healthy living, delve into the psychology of anger and fear, and much more. When you complete this course, you will have an abundant list of practical, everyday ways to strengthen your creativity, improve your problem-solving, enhance your health, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Fascinating

Fascinating story with real interesting facts. Will definitely listen to this again in the future
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- Jon

Very interesting listen

Would you listen to Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You again? Why?

Yes, to reabsorb the content.


What other book might you compare Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You to, and why?

brain rules by john medina and the brain that changed itself. Both about neuroplasticity and how to lead a better life.


Have you listened to any of Professor Peter M. Vishton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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- elise

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses