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Mindshift : Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

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Mindshift reveals how we can overcome stereotypes and preconceived ideas about what is possible for us to learn and become. At a time when we are constantly being asked to retrain and reinvent ourselves to adapt to new technologies and changing industries, this book shows us how we can uncover and develop talents we didn't realize we had--no matter what our age or background. We're often told to "follow our passions." But in Mindshift, Dr. Barbara Oakley shows us how we can broaden our passions. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific insights, Dr. Oakley shepherds us past simplistic ideas of "aptitude" and "ability," which provide only a snapshot of who we are now--with little consideration about how we can change.
Even seemingly "bad" traits, such as a poor memory, come with hidden advantages--like increased creativity. Profiling people from around the world who have overcome learning limitations of all kinds, Dr. Oakley shows us how we can turn perceived weaknesses, such as impostor syndrome and advancing age, into strengths. People may feel like they're at a disadvantage if they pursue a new field later in life; yet those who change careers can be fertile cross-pollinators: They bring valuable insights from one discipline to another. Dr. Oakley teaches us strategies for learning that are backed by neuroscience so that we can realize the joy and benefits of a learning lifestyle. Mindshift takes us deep inside the world of how people change and grow. Our biggest stumbling blocks can be our own preconceptions, but with the right mental insights, we can tap into hidden potential and create new opportunities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 272.16g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1101982853
  • 9781101982853
  • 20,503

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Praise for "A Mind for Numbers" "A good teacher will leave you educated. But a great teacher will leave you curious. Well, Barbara Oakley is a great teacher. Not only does she have a mind for numbers, she has a way with words, and she makes every one of them count."--Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs and CEO of mikeroweWORKS "If you struggled through math and slept through science, there's hope. In "A Mind for Numbers," polymath Barbara Oakley reveals how to unlock the analytic powers of our brains so we can learn how to learn. This book should be required reading for students--and for my mother."--Adam Grant, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Give and Take" "Superb not only for those who are struggling or who are expert at math, but for readers who wish to think and comprehend more efficiently."--"Library Journal" "An ingeniously accessible introduction to the science of human cognition--along with practical advice on how to think better."--James Taranto, "The Wall Street Journal"
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About Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Ramon y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University. Her research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Dr. Oakley teaches two massive open online courses (MOOCs), "Learning How to Learn" (the world's most popular course) and "Mindshift" (based on this book), alongside legendary neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education's Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award.
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