Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • von The Great Courses
  • Sprecher: Professor Peter M. Vishton Ph.D. Cornell University
  • Serie: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 Std. 29 Min.
  • Vortrag


The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.
Want to curb a few bad habits? Try making a notebook entry every time you perform the habit. Have a big project and feel the urge to procrastinate? Do nothing for 20 minutes and you'll feel ready to get to work. Come down with a case of the blues? Eat some fermented foods such as yogurt or sourdough bread.
From the myth of multitasking to the mechanisms behind falling in love, Professor Vishton shows you what is happening inside your brain to examine why we behave the way we do. What you'll discover is that the subconscious guides much of our behavior, leading to a kind of autopilot when it comes to making important decisions. Whether we're distracted by too many tasks, being influenced by crafty marketers, or simply living in a rut of bad habits, our conscious brains aren't always guiding us toward the best actions.
Using evidence from classic psychological studies such as John Watson's behaviorism experiments or Stanley Milgram's obedience studies, as well as the latest in scientific brain research, Professor Vishton gives you insights into how the mind operates, why our subconscious is so often in control, and what we can do change our behaviors.
You'll learn how the imagination can be as powerful as physical practice, explore the subtle art of persuasion, unpack the keys to healthy living, delve into the psychology of anger and fear, and much more. When you complete this course, you will have an abundant list of practical, everyday ways to strengthen your creativity, improve your problem-solving, enhance your health, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Great Tips, easily digestible

The tips and techniques presented in this course are very interesting and useful, especially since the narrator likes to present concepts that are counter-intuitive. He also tries to give some overview of the studies that have led to these tips and how to implement them in your own life.

For full effect, I suggest taking short notes on the individual chapters as the sheer volume of tips is too much to remember otherwise.

Overall, I highly recommend this course.


My only criticism is that while the narrator tries to make his lectures accessible to people with no background in social or medical sciences by explaining various research techniques and procedures, he combines it with making the individual chapters somehwat independent of each other.
This leads to him explaining things (like fMRI) in almost the exact same words, in multiple lectures. For me personally, this somewhat interrupted the flow of the listening experience.

However, this is only a pet peeve of mine and I can understand the narrators decision to aim for an approach more inclusive of casual listeners.
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- Andreas S.

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 11.11.2016
  • Verlag: The Great Courses