Thorough discussion of concepts & supporting experiments. Fantastic summary on what the current studies have shown as effective learning habits, eThorough discussion of concepts & supporting experiments. Fantastic summary on what the current studies have shown as effective learning habits, even suggestions for teachers on how to utilize what we learned from brain research & improve the teaching methods to increase retention & performance. I could almost tag this as a self-help book because of the last summary chapter. It is definitely on my Favorites shelf & I will be revisiting this book regularly....more
DAMN! This book is eye opening! It is so methodically laid out in the Q & A format, I wish I was armed this knowledge sooner, when it really couldDAMN! This book is eye opening! It is so methodically laid out in the Q & A format, I wish I was armed this knowledge sooner, when it really could have helped several people in my circle. It's a great read even if one is not in a psychologically or physically abusive relationship. As a society or community, we are all either directly or indirectly affected by someone's abusive behavior. Personally, I think it's better for me to be educated in this topic before I really have to use the knowledge. ...more
If I had Walter Lewin as my high school physics teacher, then I wouldn't have hated physics so much. It really was the only science class I did not enIf I had Walter Lewin as my high school physics teacher, then I wouldn't have hated physics so much. It really was the only science class I did not enjoy in school. I'm re-reading this book again!...more
LOVE this lecture series! I wish that this was a mandatory class when I was in school so I had the opportunity to learn & develop my own criticalLOVE this lecture series! I wish that this was a mandatory class when I was in school so I had the opportunity to learn & develop my own critical thinking skills early on. Very methodical, great discussion points. This definitely goes on my Favorites shelf....more
Where do I even begin? I really love this book, I have not read The Blind Side nor have I seen the movie made from it. But I have heard enough about tWhere do I even begin? I really love this book, I have not read The Blind Side nor have I seen the movie made from it. But I have heard enough about the movie that I was happy to learn that Michael Oher wrote this book so we can read about his experiences without all the 'artistic licenses'. I understand his coping mechanism of "Selective Amnesia" very well, going through life and block out the bad things in the past in order to move on toward a better future. It's amazing to me that Michael Oher was willing to let go that survival reflex and to dig up all the hurtful things from his past so he could give hope to millions of foster children that know the hurt all too well. Love this book, especially the ending chapters with all the practical advices for the kids that need help and the resources for the adults that want to help. ...more
Love love LOVE this book! It's extremely helpful in day to day dealings with people. The chapters are very well laid out, with detailed instructions,Love love LOVE this book! It's extremely helpful in day to day dealings with people. The chapters are very well laid out, with detailed instructions, case studies and each chapter ends with Usable Insights and Action Steps. Many of them are immediately actionable techniques to train ourselves to be better listeners, communicators & facilitators. This will go on my list of "frequently review" books. ...more
I’m sure some people who were drawn to this book consider themselves ‘misfits’ somehow, and the title of the book brought on an approving smile quiteI’m sure some people who were drawn to this book consider themselves ‘misfits’ somehow, and the title of the book brought on an approving smile quite unconsciously. I was one of those people. Even though the title intrigued me before the book was published, I hesitated and waited weeks after the book was available for purchase. I thought it might be yet another new age psychobabble type of “accept yourself as you are”; “pat yourself on the back & there’s nothing wrong with you” type of book. (You think by now, I would have learned not to judge a book by its cover/title, apparently not. Good thing I’m curious & got the book anyway.) This book definitely has those elements, with generalizations such as: “Introverts were built to inspect, where Extroverts were built to react.” “Introverts are more accurate but slower, Extroverts are less accurate but faster.”
BUT… (Since I gave it 5 stars, you know there is a ‘but’ coming) the author based her statements on behavior, sociology, psychology, and brain physiology research studies and clearly emphasized that when she used generalizing statements, they are exact that: sweeping generalizations. She set the foundation with these generalizations, then sought out exceptions and showed by examples that Introversion & Extroversion are the extremes of the same spectrum. Both have strengths & weaknesses and both are preserved by natural selection in humans & other creatures because a balance of the two styles is crucial to survival. She highlighted the advantages of ‘quiet strength’ Introverts have (ie. Rosa Parks); the danger of having exclusively extroverts in decision making roles (ie. the perfect storm of the 2008 financial crisis); the role that cultures play in rewarding Introvert or Extrovert characteristics and what happens when one’s culture environment changes (which I interpret as one of the leading causes of high suicide rate among the Asian Americans); the benefits of symbiotic partnership between an Introvert & an Extrovert IF they know how to communicate with the member of the opposite character traits (ie. Jobs/Wozniak, Parks/King). The book is extensive yet Susan Cain managed to keep my interest. The last two chapters brought a ‘personal revelation’ to me which is why I gave it 5 stars. I used to think of myself as an extrovert with a lot of ‘quiet moments’, but instead it makes much more sense that I’m actually an introvert with ‘loud moments’. Read the book & you’ll understand what I mean by that.
I’m delighted that this novel is written by a Neuroscientist. Even though the book is fiction, the science behind the disease diagnosis & treatmenI’m delighted that this novel is written by a Neuroscientist. Even though the book is fiction, the science behind the disease diagnosis & treatments is accurate; there is nothing fictitious about it. Lisa Genova also managed to put the readers into the ‘head space’ of Alice, the frustration & fear she felt as her conditions get progressively worse. Alice, a celebrated Harvard Linguistics professor, pride herself on having incredible brain power. To feel her own mental capacity steadily diminishing with each passing day, to watch the reaction & attitude of her family & colleagues whenever she’s in the room gradually eroded her confidence in anything & everything she did. One of my favorite parts of the book was shortly after Alice received her diagnosis, when her condition was not quite perceptible to others yet, Alice wished that
“… she had cancer instead. She'd trade Alzheimer's for cancer in a heartbeat. She felt ashamed for wishing this and it was certainly a pointless bargaining, but she permitted the fantasy anyway. With cancer, she'd have something that she could fight. There was surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. There was the chance that she could win. Her family and the community at Harvard would rally behind her battle and consider it noble. And even if defeated in the end, she'd be able to look them knowingly in the eye and say good-bye before she left.
Alzheimer's disease was an entirely different kind of beast. There were no weapons that could slay it. Taking Aricept and Namenda felt like aiming a couple of leaky squirt guns in to the face of a blazing fire. John continued to probe into the drugs in clinical development, but she doubted that any of them were ready and capable of making a significant difference for her, else he would already have been on the phone with Dr. Davis, insisting on a way to get her on them. Right now, everyone with Alzheimer's faced the same outcome, whether they were eighty-two or fifty, resident of the Mount Auburn Manor or a full professor of psychology at Harvard University. The blazing fire consumed all. No one got out alive.
And while a bald head and a looped ribbon were seen as badges of courage and hope, her reluctant vocabulary and vanishing memories advertised mental instability and impending insanity. Those with cancer could expect to be supported by their community. Alice expected to be outcast. Even the well-intentioned and educated tended to keep a fearful distance from the mentally ill. She didn't want to become someone people avoided and feared.”
This is an incredibly thought-provoking and absorbing book. It hits frighteningly close to home, I saw many similarities reflected in the book as I watch my grandmother steadily fade away from us over the last few years due to Alzheimer’s disease, and my mother who juggles many things to care for her....more
About 20mins into the book, I thought to myself: Damn! If someone had told me the life lessons & relationship advices in this audiobook 15 years aAbout 20mins into the book, I thought to myself: Damn! If someone had told me the life lessons & relationship advices in this audiobook 15 years ago… or even just 10 years ago, it would have made a HUGE difference! I had many of the same flawed reasoning as the author, one of which was if one doesn't get married then one can't get divorced. The author described her happy marriage as a fairytale, "the German kind... with scary things in the dark forests... the kind that's unsweetened by Disney". This was offered as a free audio book by Audible.com. It's a rather short audiobook (just a little over an hour) read by the author. While on the surface the book seems to be more applicable to women, I do think men can learn something from this book too. We let our family history unfairly color our view of marriage; we seem to accept that our own marriage(s) will turn out just like our parents'. I don't know which is worse, the lack of confidence in marriage by children of divorced parents, to the point that they won't even give marriage a chance; or the over confidence by children whose parents are still married to each other, & thus subconsciously believe they are immune to divorces. Anyway, this is not a ‘recipe for success’ kind of book, this is a ‘my learning path’ book. Take a lunch break; let Ann Patchett tell you about her marriage, in her own words & in her own voice. ...more
This book is on my "re-read regularly" list. The information provided is immensely helpful & enlightening, I used a few of the ‘brain tricks’ fromThis book is on my "re-read regularly" list. The information provided is immensely helpful & enlightening, I used a few of the ‘brain tricks’ from this book & I love the improvements I saw! ...more
Love Love LOVE this book! Not your typical “science book”, the human stories behind the HeLa cells heart-breaking & thought provoking! On one handLove Love LOVE this book! Not your typical “science book”, the human stories behind the HeLa cells heart-breaking & thought provoking! On one hand, the immortality of the HeLa cells made a huge contribution to the scientific community with break through discoveries & set-backs, inspired ethics debate and patent laws. On the other hand, the unimaginable anguish, shock, confusion & frustration experienced by the Lacks family members when they discovered that the scientific community worldwide had been doing research using Henrietta’s cells for decades since her death but neglected to inform the surviving family. It’s a fascinating read even if you’re not into the field of biological sciences, but if you are then this book is a must-read! ...more
stayed up days to finish the book, when I fell asleep right after I finished the book I dreamt of a loved one dying, and I didn't realize how much I lstayed up days to finish the book, when I fell asleep right after I finished the book I dreamt of a loved one dying, and I didn't realize how much I love them up until then. Great plot, very long, very sad, very engaging.