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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 Perigee Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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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
Sue Smith
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 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
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
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
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
Max Read
“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
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
Great stuff, easy to put into good use.
I reviewed this book for Psych Central -- it's a great book! here's the review.
Burke Ruder
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.
The useful information in this book could be reduced to a note card. The illustrative examples read like a redundant series of infomercials.
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.
Matylda Rabczenko
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
Quite the book for anyone chasing abstract thought. ;)
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
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!
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
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.
Troy Blackford
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
David Jett
Several useful tips for "smart thinking." Many are basically just things you can do so you don't have to remember as much. I was never a fan of Post-It Notes, but I think I'm going to give them a shot after reading this. It makes sense when you think about it, use Post-Its everywhere, and those things you don't have to remember; you just have to work in looking at your Post-Its (which is why I never got into them, I didn't look at them). It also talks about ending bad habits and how hard it ofte ...more
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
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
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
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.
Preeeeety interesting...about the way our mind works and how it affects the way we think and act.
It's all about being 'smarter thinkers' according to Dr. Oz in the Foreword.
Had high hopes.....200 pages could be distilled into 50.
Don't multitask, be able to explain what you think you know, organize
Good book with interesting concepts and ideas to try.
I will read it again.
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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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