Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power

Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power

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By (author) Dan Hurley

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  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
  • Format: Hardback | 275 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 226mm x 33mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594631271
  • ISBN 13: 9781594631276
  • Sales rank: 131,621

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Can you make yourself, your kids, and your parents smarter? Expanding upon one of the most-read "New York Times Magazine" features of 2012, "Smarter "penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that "fluid intelligence"--the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things--can be increased through training. But is it all just hype? With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acidtongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial directcurrent stimulation. "Smarter "speaks to the audience that made bestsellers out of "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain" and "Moonwalking with Einstein."

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DAN HURLEY is an award-winning science journalist whose 2012 feature in the" New York Times Magazine," "Can You Make Yourself Smarter?" was one of the magazine's most-read articles of the year. In 2013 he published another article for the magazine, "Jumper Cables for the Mind," describing his experience with transcranial direct-current stimulation. He has written on the science of increasing fluid intelligence for the "Washington Post" and "Neurology," and is featured in the 2013 PBS documentary, "Smarter Brains." His books have been excerpted in "Wired "and "Discover "magazine. Hurley has written nearly two dozen science articles for the "New York Times "since 2005.

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""Smarter" is an essential read. It's a riveting look at the birth of a new science as well as a user's manual for anyone who wants to be better at solving problems, learning new things, and coming up with creative ideas." --Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive" and A "Whole New Mind" "Hurley captures the history and mystery of intelligence, but, most of all, the exciting new science of intellectual growth. This may be the most important revolution of our time!" --Carol Dweck, Author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" "Dan Hurley isolates just what cognitive exercise boosts intelligence. Anyone who doubts that environment can make a real difference to cognition should start with this book." --James R. Flynn author of "What is Intelligence" "Filled with beautifully explained science, "Smarter" is engaging and inspiring, offering much-needed hope to those of us whose smarts seem to be declining. Smarter, in fact, is that rare thing: enjoyable reading that can also improve your life." --Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes