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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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    Steve Parke 15/12/2016
    Steve Parke 15/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 27/01/2017
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    "A light scientific/pseudoscientific read/listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The topics are well chosen and narration is pleasant and somewhat compelling. However, on several occasions the interpretations of research findings have been taken too far. For example, the author suggests that since inflammation has been observed in association with depression, treating inflammation with an anti-inflammatory drug may treat depression. This is a too common trap of taking association for causality. The experiment that recommends with aspirin is simply flawed and potentially dangerous. The fact that aspirin is an OTC drug does not mean that it is safe to use under any circumstance, as implied by the author. Elsewhere, he mentions that he does not recommend experimenting with propranolol (for the treatment of stress) because it's a prescription drug. He's presentation and interpretation of the famous 10000 hours work to achieve mastery is also incomplete and misleading - a host of other authors have turned this study on chess players into one of the most misinterpreted pieces of research! To keep the long story short, when it comes to presenting any piece of date, it is crucial to present the variability around the point estimate. In this case, the time to achieve mastery in chess ranges between 3000 to 16000 hours; quite wide!! When you are presented with 10000 hours without knowing the variability around this figure, a lot of individual differences get lost!


    Do you think Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes it does. I quite like the choice of topics that are very relevant to day to day life. I'd like to see a more robust presentation and interpretation of the information though. The fact that the book has been written with the lay person in mind must not detract from the scientific rigor in interpretation and presentation. The information could otherwise be misleading or incomplete.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Jenö Budapest, Hungary 27/01/2017
    S. Jenö Budapest, Hungary 27/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Must Listen"

    I've listened multiple books around this topic, but probably this is the most practical one. It's worth your time.

    3 of 3 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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    Barbara 15/02/2017
    Barbara 15/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Good tips for boosting brain power"

    Great book that gives simple tips how to boost your brain power. I enjoyed speakers voice too.

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    tezie 04/02/2017
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    "excellent interesting and educational"

    Extremely interesting insight into how the mind works with practical tips on increasing joy and happiness.

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    The Messenger England 08/01/2017
    The Messenger England 08/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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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
  • 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

    6 of 6 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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    38 of 44 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
  • Bianca
    13/02/17
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    "Outstanding!"

    It's obvious that a great deal of work has been committed to creating this book. Definitely one of the most informative and interesting books I've listened to. It's a great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    09/02/17
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    "Fantastic book"

    I wish I listened to this advice 20 years ago. Excellent data and practical use no matter when you learn these tips.

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  • Amazon Customer
    02/02/17
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    "Useful and practical information."

    This a straight forward, easy to understand, course on practical ways to initiate change. By changing our behavior, beliefs, habits and some times just the use of words can have a impact on how we interact with the world around us. Many of these ideas I've heard before but, this states specific information on how to implement the concepts. Probably more for the novice than a professional.

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  • JOHN L PETTY
    DICKSON, TN United States
    31/01/17
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    "Useful Material"

    I may listen to this again. Excellent and understandable. Can use what I learned immediately.

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  • Nadine Fish
    St. Joseph, MI United States
    29/01/17
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    "Excellent"

    This is the best Great Course I have listened to, and although it was very long I enjoyed every minute and will start listening to it again in a couple of weeks. It is in the top five of my 160 audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chuck Wagon
    Doral, Florida
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    "artificial intelligence"

    great book artificial intelligence for the brain. new way of thinking . great exercises to stimulate your thinking.

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