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Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
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Whether the amygdala is also activated seems to determine whether the hippocampus interprets the glucocorticoids as good or bad stress.
So don't exercise too much when life sucks?
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Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
Though the dopamine system is similar across numerous species, humans do something utterly novel: we delay gratification for insanely long times.
This should be used in education. Is it? Anywhere?
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Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky
Dopamine is not just about reward anticipation; it fuels the goal-directed behavior needed to gain that reward; dopamine “binds” the value of a reward to the resulting work. It’s about the motivation arising from those dopaminergic projections to the PFC that is needed to do the harder thing (i.e., to work). In other words, dopamine is not about the happiness of reward. It’s about the happiness of pursuit of reward that has a decent chance of occurring.
So could this be used to "build" willpower/grit/determination/discipline?
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How to be a Husband by Tim Dowling
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Enmeshed as I am in the stresses of moving, I can only do lightweight reading at the moment, and this book was perfect. A very funny jaunt through the pains, joys and dilemmas of being a good-enough husband to what sounds like a fairly scary-sounding ...more
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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
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I enjoyed reading this book, it was fun and stimulating, and it made me HAPPY.

It involved following Gretchen Rubin in her year-long pursuit to increase the amount of happiness in her life. I learnt a lot along the way, and often they were things I wa
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Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
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A chatty and chummy description of marriage - in terms of history, culture and the author's own relationship and forthcoming marriage. Lots of research mentioned, but no specifics given. More along the lines of "current research says..." which I foun ...more
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My Natural History by Simon Barnes
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I was most enchanted by Simon Barnes's book on birdwatching - "The Bad Birdwatcher", and this book has proved a joy to read as well.

This book is a memoir - discussing his childhood in Streatham in London, his student years at Bristol University and h
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Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
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I'm a busy-buzzy kind of woman, and I found this a waffly and protracted read. I think it could have been ten percent the length that it was. This may be in part because I've realised that I am quite a self-accepting person. If instead you are highly ...more
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Lab Girl
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This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of bein ...more
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“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
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“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
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Winston S. Churchill
“A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.”
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