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Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You Lecture

Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

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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.

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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    There are many words that could be used for this book but I thing the one above sums it up best. Just wonderful to read and many tips to out smart your brain and how to make it work for you and why we do what you do. If you only get one great courses book this would be the one. Will be putting this one back on again

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 30/12/2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Perfect. Just the right amount of information, evidence and science for me to use in my therapy room. Highly recommend it.

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    The Messenger England 08/01/2017
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    "Self-help book"

    This is definitely more a self-help book than a series of university lectures. Goes on about how to lose weight for a while. And how to kick bad habits. It's ok but probably not what I expected from The Great Courses.

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    Starship14!
    19/12/16
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    "Great scientific self help information!"

    This course is awesome, no fluff just real strategies that can improve your life! love the section about imagery and how to use it , and the science to back up how effective it truly is. Also information about scientific information on how to influence others was fantastic!. Wow, is how I describe this course!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Indraneel Dabhade
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    12/11/16
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    "Brilliant Lectures"
    If you could sum up Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding, Enlightening, Applicable


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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Overcome obstacles by understanding your brain.


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    Provides deep insights into latest developments in neurosciences. Deals with overcoming everyday problems like fears, phobias, insomnia etc. Couldn't have been more thorough in explaining the functioning and control of key parts of your brain including hippocampus and amygdala. A course for everyone but won't go to the extent of saying a course for all age groups. The part I enjoyed the most was about exercising using your brain without moving a muscle. Tricking yourself into thinking you are exercising. Haha. Looking forward for more courses by Dr. Vishton.

    36 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • GogonovaSinvidiax
    27/12/16
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    "Good content"

    An easy to digest course, with lots of practicle advice and scientificaly backed and explored techniques and 'mind hacks'. I was also very pleased with the professor

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Swann
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    07/01/17
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    "Brilliant"

    A fascinating book. I learnt a lot and enjoyed the performance. Now I'll try to act on the tips :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    19/01/17
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    "amazing read"

    This book will help you in how you live your life and the steps you need to take in order to change your life for the better.

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