Saturday, December 21, 2013

Scientific American/FSG authors calls book one of two best of 2013

We were honored to learn that eminent psychologist John D. Mayer, a pioneer in personal and emotional intelligence, has named the book on of his two favorite science books of 2013.

NEW! (This is the third "Top" recognition we have received: the U.K.'s The Guardian named the book first pick of its Top Ten science/technology books for December 2013. On Dec. 23, Chris Kukk, Western Connecticut State University political science professor, founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation, and TED Talk speaker, called the Theory of Cognitive Modes one of 2013's top scientific discoveries.)

Writing on the Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux site, Dr. Mayer declares:

"Kosslyn is a world-class researcher in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology; Miller, a science journalist and author. Kosslyn and Miller describe a new insight emerging from contemporary brain research: that the upper reaches of the brain’s cerebral hemispheres think differently from their lower portions. Kosslyn and Miller argue that people express different thinking styles depending on which part of their brains they favor.

"Top-of-the-brain thinkers are more abstract pattern-perceivers and planners; bottom-brain thinkers deeply process individual instances; and some people use both (or neither). The style that works best for a person will depend on the individual’s context; Kosslyn & Miller’s bottom line is that it helps to know one’s own personal style (they provide a diagnostic test), and it often makes sense to work in teams with people who vary in the parts of the brain they use. 

"Throughout the book, they bolster their argument with evidence from key studies, meta-analyses of brain functioning, and a new scale of cognitive style. The writing is lively and accessible, and I was excited about the idea of using insights from brain science to identify new dimensions of our character."

Thanks, John, for the recognition!

John D. Mayer

John is author of the forthcoming Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives.

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