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Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done

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When you understand how the mind works, you can think smarter—and act smarter.

Based on the precepts of cognitive science and drawing on a half century of interdisciplinary studies, Smart Thinking is the first book to reveal a three-part formula that distinguishes Smart Thinking from innate intelligence and shows how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by TarcherPerigee (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sue Smith
Jul 07, 2012 Sue Smith rated it did not like it
Welllllll. I can pretty much sum up this book in a few points - using the rule of '3' as this oh-so-helpful book suggests. Let's see ...

Reason's for Wanting to Read this Book.
1. Looking for clever ways to help yourself become a better _______ (fill in whatever here - astronaut, scientist, zombie).
2. Looking for smart ways to get past annoying,self depreciating behaviors (in 3 easy steps).
3. Looking for clear and concise ways of defining said problems, and solving them in an intelligent fashion.

I listened to this book while driving to a business meeting (that never happened) and then back home. There's some very useful stuff in here, it's just that, unfortunately, this book doesn't really lend itself well to audio format. I say that not because the reader was bad (he wasn't), but more because this book is one that requires you to participate, and audio is a passive medium.

There are a lot of little activities and quizzes in this book, meant to gauge how you think about problems, that a
Feb 01, 2012 Lance rated it it was amazing
I found this tome in the bookstore, and I truly believe that I was led to this book the same way I have been led to other books that I have needed. I was looking for some help in devising an integrated system so that I can get more out of what I read. Reading is great, and if you are reading this you likely agree. I don't know many people with a Goodreads account who don't like to read.

But I wanted to get more out of what I read, and I have for years. The system I developed had worked sufficient
Doc Opp
Feb 20, 2012 Doc Opp rated it really liked it
Because this book is marketed as a self help book, potential readers might overlook the fact that this is an excellent treatise on cognitive psychology. In fact, Markman is one of the best in the business at synthesizing and communicating what cognitive psychologists have learned about how the mind works, and that's on display here.

While there was little 'new' content-wise for me here, as I teach cognitive psychology for a living, I nonetheless appreciated just how cleverly and clearly Markman
Oct 13, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
Something between self-improvement and a primer on cognitive psychology. I liked it and will listen again and read a paper version.

There was an interval in the audio book when the narrator/reader mispronounced causal as casual, which should have been caught by a proof listener and corrected before release.

I recommend this book as informational reading for educators and engineers. Those who have read more than a few books on cognitive psychology are not likely to find anything new, but may appre
Susan Visser
Oct 12, 2014 Susan Visser rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
I seem to be on a trend of reading books about how the mind works! This one was the lightest weight of the books I've read, but it gave many very practical ways to simplify life by understanding how the brain works and to work with it, rather than against.

The brain has evolved to off-load as much work as possible from the conscious part to the amygdala. Think of the amygdala as the part of the brain that automates much of what you do everyday: breathe, blink, even drive to work. To simpilify you
Burke Ruder
Mar 19, 2013 Burke Ruder rated it it was ok
Would not recommend this book. Main ideas are made and then you are dragged on for another 25 pages. Read the chapter titles and main tips directly under the chapter title and send Markman 3 bucks. Save 12.
Max Read
Mar 04, 2013 Max Read rated it it was ok
“A snoozer of a composition”

“Smart Thinking” was composed by Art Markman, PHD and claims to reach into the underlying ability to think, reason, make decisions, communicate, and take action all based in leading-edge science with news you can use. The composition never rises to the occasion. It rehashes innate intuitive human ability in a recipe type of layout as though the things that make people different are simply a matter of learning a new skill. Markman implies that with a bit of training an
Nikka Calindas
Mar 28, 2013 Nikka Calindas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a book about 'smart thinking', the author is not so smart in presenting his case. With outrageous examples that can confound a simple man to oblivion, this is not a book recommended for people like me who is genuinely interested to know how can one make a serious effort in thinking smart.

Take his examples in dealing with analogies, of all the things that he can use as a base for an analogy, he settles for proverbs. And it's not a simple thinking of what the underlying meaning in a proverb bu
Frank Spencer
I'm impressed. There are many hints for becoming a better thinker, which can be used. Some areas covered are writing summaries after reading or being in a meeting, using the role of 3 (derive the 3 main points from anything), how to make connections and see similarities, improving your memory, using habits effectively, using your feelings or intuition when making decisions, and helping those around you to be better thinkers. Using proverbs is mentioned, as is knowing whether you decide too quick ...more
Sal Coraccio
Dec 21, 2015 Sal Coraccio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brain
While the big bang for the buck for this book will be through the print version, and following along and performing the exercises as they appear - it makes a good showing though the audio version.

If you chose the latter vehicle, it is best to limit distractions and mentally, at least, stop and perform the exercises as they come up. It is about a 7 hour listen.

One of the early points in this book is that raw intelligence is merely an indicator of potential. Truly smart people can access that inte
Oct 12, 2014 Igor rated it it was amazing
Great stuff, easy to put into good use.
Apr 25, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reviews
I reviewed this book for Psych Central -- it's a great book! here's the review.
Jan 05, 2012 Rosechimera rated it it was ok
The useful information in this book could be reduced to a note card. The illustrative examples read like a redundant series of infomercials.
Matylda Rabczenko
Nov 20, 2013 Matylda Rabczenko rated it it was ok
I can quite easily describe my feelings towards this book with one word - disappointment. I began reading 'Smart Thinking' in hope that it will enrich my knowledge with information on how to improve my thinking habits, or, if you will, develop smart thinking - that seems to be the purpose of the book based on the description on the back cover. There is no doubt that the author does provide you with a number of guidelines, however most of them are only skimmed over without further suggestions for ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Quite the book for anyone chasing abstract thought. ;)
Nov 14, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book. He came and spoke to us at work and I wanted to make sure that I got all out of the session by reading Smart Thinking as well. I got different things out of the presentation and the book, so both were useful. To a degree my rating is probably a combination of his presentations and the book - it's hard to fully dissociate the two for me.

One idea that was great was the importance of causal knowledge. It’s not just knowing that things work, but how things work. This is i
Deejay Nicke
Oct 25, 2015 Deejay Nicke rated it it was amazing
This book is written by a PhD who has spent more than 20 years studying cognitive science. He isn't telling us what to think, but rather HOW to think, and think smarter!

Good health requires learning about the body, eating right, and exercising. Mental health requires learning about the mind, feeding your mind with quality knowledge, and forming smart habits that make you more effective.
Reading this book will set you on the path to Smart Thinking!
Sep 03, 2015 Van rated it really liked it
Nội dung và mục tiêu của quyển sách này, về cơ bản, là giống với cuốn Tôi tự học (Thu Giang Nguyễn Duy Cần) và Con đường lập thân (Nguyễn Hiến Lê), nhưng viết có phần dễ hiểu và mạch lạc hơn. Có thể, một phần đó là do cách viết của tác giả hợp thời đại hơn, mặt khác là vì tác giả có nhiều cơ hội để tiếp cận với các nghiên cứu khoa học mới nhất.

Sách thuộc dạng khoa học thường thức nên được viết ngắn gọn, súc tích. Tác giả đưa ra một công thức đơn giản, nhưng đầy quyền năng cho sự học, sự tư duy n
Jul 08, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
This book explains a great deal about your mind and how it operates. Did you know that you are draining your energy on things that should be small and insignificant aspects of your life? Me neither! It also explains the formation of habits, and outlines how to break from the negative ones. It all sounds like common sense but there is a great deal to be gained from reading it, trust me!
Feb 25, 2016 Nadinastiti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will help you reduce unnecessary load from your life by making Smart Habits, maximizing your intelligence by acquiring High-Quality Knowledge, and help you Apply Your Knowledge by making comparisons from your own experience.

P. S. The words with capital letters are the key words of this book.
P. P. S. This book discourages multitasking.
Apr 04, 2014 Annie rated it really liked it
This book didn't have any new information for me. I've already read "The Power of Habit" and learned that it easier to rid a bad habit by replacing it with a good habit, such as replace "eating sweets" with "eating an apple" rather than simply trying to stop the bad habit. I've also read "The Willpower Instinct," which explains conditions that helps you strengthen self-control (like building up your willpower a little at a time like a muscle). This book also provided other well known techniques ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Pierre rated it it was amazing
This book came up on my Amazon account as a book that I would potentially like. I must compliment Amazon's algorithm as it turned out to be a great read and good match for me. Overall, it's a crisp and clear book that gives actionable recommendations (behaviors and thinking habits) to achieve a high standard of problem solving ability.
Abdullah Al-Abri
Jan 14, 2016 Abdullah Al-Abri rated it it was amazing
الى الذين يبحثون عن طرق عملية ومحربة في تنمية التفكير وتطويره وكيف يمكنك ان تفكر بشكل منطقي امثر وتتقبل افكار الناس وكيف يمكنك ان تساعد في انشاء مجتمع يعتمد على التفكير بذكاء والمساهمة في نشر هذه العادات والانماط من المجالات الحياتية المهم

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Troy Blackford
Apr 10, 2014 Troy Blackford rated it really liked it
This was an interesting combination of advice for improving the effectiveness of your brain (which the author calls, what else, 'smart thinking') along with explanations for why these techniques work. I found the mix to be interesting and engaging. This book gives you lots of ideas for how to improve habits, increase your understanding of materials you might read, and perhaps most usefully, how to produce materials and communications to make them easier for your audience to understand. This was ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Angela marked it as stopped-will-never-finish
No new or exciting or actionable ideas... Going to be in the did not finish category
I couldn't take it. The narration is so boring that I didn't want to listen to it any more than I had to. This might actually be good material, but this could be a book I revisit to read in print instead of listen as an audiobook.
Dustan Daniel
Apr 06, 2014 Dustan Daniel rated it liked it
An easy three stars for a book with three simple rules. This book helped me put my problem solving strategies on review to ensure that I'm achieving the best results possible. Nothing earth shattering, but interesting and with the time.
M. Patrick
May 29, 2014 M. Patrick rated it really liked it
Smart Thinking by Art Markman is an excellent, simple self improvement book based on cognitive science. Markman's suggestions are such common sense ideas that my first reaction was to trivialize the content. However, by the second chapter, I found myself completely engaged. His greatest contribution was his rule of three. His discourse on memory and ways to improve it were slightly different than any I have encountered in other self-help books. His advice for improving problem solving skills by ...more
Rob Petersen
Apr 30, 2014 Rob Petersen rated it really liked it
A cognitive scientist, Ark Markman gives some sound advice in this short book on how to cultivate better habits that lead to more effective thinking. The unabridged audiobook was good listening; I sense that trying to read the book itself might have been more difficult.
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Art Markman is a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and is one of the premier cognitive scientists in the field. He is also the director of the program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art's research explores a variety of topics in thinking including how people use analogies, make decisions, communicate, and get motivated. He also consults to companies teaching t ...more
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