Psychology Book Reviews (page 3)

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A bold look at one of the most exciting theories in neuroscience."
The discovery of a class of brain cells called mirror neurons was embraced by an entire generation of scientists as the key to the neurological understanding of human social behaviors. But what if the fundamental assumption about these cells' activity was wrong from the start? Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A thoughtful addition to the bookshelf addressing the unintended consequences of a wired world."
A personalized jeremiad against the state of constant distraction in which our benevolent technologies have ensnared us. Read full book review >

PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A fascinating analysis of what we find fascinating."
A multidisciplinary exploration of how and why certain ideas and experiences resonate more than others. Read full book review >
POWERS OF TWO by Joshua Wolf Shenk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Shenk's inclusion of fascinating biographical material enlivens his provocative thesis on the genesis of creative innovation."
Shenk (Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, 2005, etc.) debunks "the myth of the lone genius [that] has towered over us like a colossus" and its counterpart, "the most common alternative [that]…locates creativity in networks." Read full book review >
FLUENT FOREVER by Gabriel Wyner
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sensible approach that nonetheless requires a substantial commitment of time and energy; as the author well knows, there are no shortcuts to learning anything worthwhile."
The creator of the popular language-learning website Fluent-Forever.com debuts by putting between covers the essentials of the program that he and myriad others have found helpful. Read full book review >

THE POWER OF NOTICING by Max Bazerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"As with Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and David Foster Wallace, Bazerman winningly recommends the exigent art of seeing—what is there, what isn't—with both skepticism and sensitivity."
Harvard Business School professor Bazerman (Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do About It, 2012, etc.) unspools the many benefits of widening our areas of focus, particularly when it comes to decision-making matters. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"A useful addition to the popular psychology shelf, although readers acquainted with self-help literature may find the exercises overly familiar."
A self-help manual for those who wish to overcome destructive behavioral patterns. Read full book review >
ENCHANTED OBJECTS by David Rose
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 15, 2014

"A fine tour d'horizon of innovative enchantment and its ground rules and responsibilities."
MIT Media Lab instructor Rose explores the ramifications of the coming human-machine interface as it impacts the designs of and experiences we have with the things in our lives. Read full book review >
SUSPICIOUS MINDS by Ian Gold
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 8, 2014

"A provocative new perspective on the diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of mental illness."
Brothers Joel Gold (Psychiatry/NYU School of Medicine) and Ian Gold (Philosophy and Psychiatry/McGill Univ.) suggest that to treat delusions simply as manifestations of psychosis, without regard to their cognitive function, is insufficient. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Hope for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of tragedy."
Two psychologists provide a nontechnical exploration of how certain people not only survive trauma, but actually thrive after a traumatic experience. Read full book review >
Why Can't Johnny Just Quit? by Kyle Oh
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 20, 2014

"A fascinating, realistic study of pain management and addiction that offers hope to patients and their families."
A physiatrist and pain management specialist analyzes the intricacies of addiction and pain. Read full book review >
OUR NECESSARY SHADOW by Tom Burns
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: June 15, 2014

"A responsible, evenhanded exploration of a highly provocative medical industry."
A comprehensive history and analysis of the practice of psychiatry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >